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[hahr-dee-nis] /ˈhɑr di nɪs/
the capacity for enduring or sustaining hardship, privation, etc.; capability of surviving under unfavorable conditions.
courage; boldness; audacity.
Origin of hardiness
1250-1300; Middle English; see hardy1, -ness Unabridged
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  • The health and hardiness procured by it, would be a good purchase at a much dearer rate.
  • They breed for docility and production, not cold-hardiness.
  • hardiness of the plant doesn't have to come only from the genes of the plant itself.
  • Agriculture's hardiness guide helps gardeners and landscapers choose plants that will grow best in their area.
  • With the genetic hardiness of buffaloes and the tastiness of beef, the beefalo provides the best of both animals.
  • Much hardier than the leatherleaf viburnum, it grows well at both extremes of its hardiness range.
British Dictionary definitions for hardiness


the condition or quality of being hardy, robust, or bold
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