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[ri-zil-yuh ns, -zil-ee-uh ns] /rɪˈzɪl yəns, -ˈzɪl i əns/
the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.
Also, resiliency.
Origin of resilience
1620-30; < Latin resili(ēns), present participle of resilīre to spring back, rebound (see resilient) + -ence
Related forms
nonresilience, noun
nonresiliency, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for resilience
  • Visitors meet people who lived courageous lives and left a legacy of resilience and determination.
  • Over the past two years, we've seen extraordinary resilience in higher education at the individual level to the funding crisis.
  • resilience is an underestimated aspect of the process.
  • Although the silicone shell surface offers some protective resilience, it didn't convince me enough to continue using it.
  • The right values, principles and behaviors offer resilience in a socially networked world.
  • The gene seemed to generate vulnerability in one culture and resilience in another.
  • It's the genetic version of biodiversity, which in larger ecosystems is the source of resilience and endurance.
  • Twentieth-century nuclear bomb tests had an unexpected side effect: revealing the resilience of the human heart.
  • One of my wishes is to meet some of them and to thank them for their resilience and perseverance.
  • And because the ecosystem is largely intact, it has stability and resilience and is able to recover from environmental stresses.
British Dictionary definitions for resilience


Also resiliency. the state or quality of being resilient
(ecology) the ability of an ecosystem to return to its original state after being disturbed
(physics) the amount of potential energy stored in an elastic material when deformed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for resilience

1620s, "act of rebounding," from Latin resiliens, present participle of resilire "to rebound, recoil," from re- "back" (see re-) + salire "to jump, leap" (see salient (adj.)). Cf. result (v.). Meaning "elasticity" is from 1824.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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