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resilience

[ ri-zil-yuhns, -zil-ee-uhns ]
/ rɪˈzɪl yəns, -ˈzɪl i əns /
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noun

the power or ability of a material to return to its original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
the ability of a person to adjust to or recover readily from illness, adversity, major life changes, etc.; buoyancy.
the ability of a system or organization to respond to or recover readily from a crisis, disruptive process, etc.:Cities can build resilience to climate change by investing in infrastructure.

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Also re·sil·ien·cy [ri-zil-yuhn-see, -zil-ee-uhn-see] /rɪˈzɪl yən si, -ˈzɪl i ən si/ .

Origin of resilience

First recorded in 1620–30; see resili(ent) + -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM resilience

non·re·sil·i·ence, nounnon·re·sil·i·en·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for resilience

resilience
/ (rɪˈzɪlɪəns) /

noun

Also: resiliency the state or quality of being resilient
ecology the ability of an ecosystem to return to its original state after being disturbed
physics the amount of potential energy stored in an elastic material when deformed
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