[ri-zil-yuhnt, -zil-ee-uhnt]


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
Related formsre·sil·ient·ly, adverbnon·re·sil·i·ent, adjectivenon·re·sil·i·ent·ly, adverbun·re·sil·ient, adjectiveun·re·sil·ient·ly, adverb

Synonyms for resilient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resilient

Contemporary Examples of resilient

Historical Examples of resilient

British Dictionary definitions for resilient



(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 Formsresiliently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for resilient

1640s, "springing back," from Latin resilientem "inclined to leap or spring back," present participle of resilire (see resilience). Figuratively, of persons, from 1830. Related: Resiliently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper