[ri-zil-yuhnt, -zil-ee-uhnt]
springing back; rebounding.
returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.
recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.

1635–45; < Latin resilient- (stem of resiliēns), present participle of resilīre to spring back, equivalent to re- re- + -sil-, combining form of salīre to leap, jump + -ent- -ent); see salient

resiliently, adverb
nonresilient, adjective
nonresiliently, adverb
unresilient, adjective
unresiliently, adverb

1. elastic, flexible, springy. Unabridged
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resilient (rɪˈzɪlɪənt)
1.  (of an object or material) capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching, compression, or other deformation; elastic
2.  (of a person) recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, hardship, etc; irrepressible

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Word Origin & History

1640s, from L. resilientem, prp. of resilire (see resilience).
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Example sentences
It's now possible to print out components for flexible circuits, resilient
  displays, and even lightweight x-ray imaging panels.
It was clear in the movies that the aliens were incredibly tough, resilient,
  and flexible for different environments.
It is pretty resilient and the length of the tube is surprisingly flexible.
It is possible, however, that some university presses will prove more resilient
  than their commercial counterparts.
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