- to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation.
- to withstand the action or effect of: to resist spoilage.
- to refrain or abstain from, especially with difficulty or reluctance: They couldn't resist the chocolates.
- to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.
- a substance that prevents or inhibits some effect from taking place, as a coating on a surface of a metallic printing plate that prevents or inhibits corrosion of the metal by acid.
- Textiles. a chemically inert substance used in resist printing.
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Examples from the Web for unresisting
He led her, unresisting, around to the couch at the other side of the table.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Yates hastened to meet her, clasping one of her unresisting hands in his.In the Midst of Alarms
I certainly was bound by no law to allow a ruffian to cut me down, unresisting.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
He held her unresisting hand, but her face was hidden from him.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
In the whole of this transaction the Moravians were passive and unresisting.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
- not fighting against something or someone; yieldingshe lay unresisting beneath him
- to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against)
- (tr) to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof againstto resist corrosion
- (tr) to oppose; refuse to accept or comply withto resist arrest; to resist the introduction of new technology
- (tr) to refrain from, esp in spite of temptation (esp in the phrases cannot or could not resist (something))
- a substance used to protect something, esp a coating that prevents corrosion
C14: from Latin resistere to stand still, oppose, from re- + sistere to stand firm
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Word Origin and History for unresisting
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