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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.
1620-30; < Latin resili(ēns), present participle of resilīre to spring back, rebound (see resilient) + -ence
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nonresilience, noun
nonresiliency, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • For years we've given affirmative action to affluent white students in the area of resiliency.
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  • And individual firms, he added, have shown great resiliency following previous disasters.
  • The crisis highlights the team of operators and the resiliency of the machines themselves.
  • 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.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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