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resilience

or resiliency

[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.
Origin of resilience
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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resilience

/rɪˈzɪlɪəns/
noun
1.
Also resiliency. the state or quality of being resilient
2.
(ecology) the ability of an ecosystem to return to its original state after being disturbed
3.
(physics) the amount of potential energy stored in an elastic material when deformed
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Word Origin and History for resiliency
n.

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

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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