|1.||the act or an instance of resisting|
|2.||the capacity to withstand something, esp the body's natural capacity to withstand disease|
|3.||a. Compare reactance R the opposition to a flow of electric current through a circuit component, medium, or substance. It is the magnitude of the real part of the impedance and is measured in ohms|
|b. (as modifier): resistance coupling; a resistance thermometer|
|4.||any force that tends to retard or oppose motion: air resistance; wind resistance|
|5.||(in psychoanalytical theory) the tendency of a person to prevent the translation of repressed thoughts and ideas from the unconscious to the conscious and esp to resist the analyst's attempt to bring this about|
|6.||physics the magnitude of the real part of the acoustic or mechanical impedance|
|7.||line of least resistance the easiest, but not necessarily the best or most honourable, course of action|
|8.||See passive resistance|
resistance re·sis·tance (rĭ-zĭs'təns)
The capacity of an organism to defend itself against a disease.
The capacity of an organism, a tissue, or a cell to withstand the effects of a harmful physical or environmental agent.
The opposition of a body or substance to current passing through it, resulting in a change of electrical energy into heat or another form of energy.
In psychoanalysis, a process in which the ego opposes the conscious recall of repressed unpleasant experiences.
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