[ri-zil-yuh nt, -zil-ee-uh nt]
- 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
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1. elastic, flexible, springy.
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Examples from the Web for resiliently
"Tootaloo," chirped Manders resiliently and dragged a crumpled script from his pocket.The Education of Eric Lane
- (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
Word Origin and History for resiliently
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