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[ri-zil-yuh nt, -zil-ee-uh nt] /rɪˈzɪl yənt, -ˈzɪl i ənt/
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.
Origin of resilient
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
Related forms
resiliently, adverb
nonresilient, adjective
nonresiliently, adverb
unresilient, adjective
unresiliently, adverb
1. elastic, flexible, springy. Unabridged
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  • It's now possible to print out components for flexible circuits, resilient displays, and even lightweight x-ray imaging panels.
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  • The human body can be amazingly resilient: wounds heal, bones mend, ligaments grow back together.
  • Models are guides to practical outcomes and need an embedded system that is resilient in order to be of any practical use.
  • The rest of all people, a minority of one-third, are more resilient to stress than the other two-thirds are.
  • Fourth, add technology that makes the network easier to manage and more resilient.
British Dictionary definitions for resilient


(of an object or material) capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching, compression, or other deformation; elastic
(of a person) recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, hardship, etc; irrepressible
Derived Forms
resiliently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for resilient

1640s, "springing back," from Latin resilientem "inclined to leap or spring back," present participle of resilire (see resilience). Figuratively, of persons, from 1830. Related: Resiliently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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