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


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.

Nearby words

  1. resignedly,
  2. resignee,
  3. resile,
  4. resilience,
  5. resiliency,
  6. resilin,
  7. resin,
  8. resin duct,
  9. resinate,
  10. resiniferous

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


/ (rɪˈzɪlɪənt) /


(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

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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.

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