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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
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  • For years we've given affirmative action to affluent white students in the area of resiliency.
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  • According to researchers who have studied the pattern, its resiliency can be traced to several structural factors.
  • People have a resiliency when it comes to family and religion.
  • Such resiliency in internal timing is not seen in more complex single-celled organisms, nor in mammalian nerve cells.
  • The problem, according to the patent, is that ordinary clay mixtures do not drain well and lose resiliency.
  • What the article misses is the reason behind the relative resiliency.
  • The global economy was being run at full throttle, without due attention to resiliency and vulnerability to shocks.
British Dictionary definitions for resiliency


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
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Word Origin and History for resiliency

1660s, "tendency to rebound;" see resilience + -cy. Meaning "power of recovery" is from 1857.



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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