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resilience

[ri-zil-yuh ns, -zil-ee-uh ns] /rɪˈzɪl yəns, -ˈzɪl i əns/
noun
1.
the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
2.
ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.
Also, resiliency.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin resili(ēns), present participle of resilīre to spring back, rebound (see resilient) + -ence
Related forms
nonresilience, noun
nonresiliency, noun
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Word Origin and History for resiliencies

resilience

n.

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.

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