resilient

[ ri-zil-yuhnt, -zil-ee-uhnt ]
/ rɪˈzɪl yənt, -ˈzɪl i ənt /

adjective

springing back; rebounding.
returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.
recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.

Origin of resilient

1635–45; < Latin resilient- (stem of resiliēns), present participle of resilīre to spring back, equivalent to re- re- + -sil-, combining form of salīre to leap, jump + -ent- -ent); see salient

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British Dictionary definitions for resilient

resilient
/ (rɪˈzɪlɪənt) /

adjective

(of an object or material) capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching, compression, or other deformation; elastic
(of a person) recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, hardship, etc; irrepressible

Derived forms of resilient

resiliently, adverb
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