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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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  • He sat up and yawned, stretched, the healthy stretch of resilient youth.

    Time and the Woman G. Gordon Dewey
  • Octavia's resilient flesh crawled and quivered at her memories.

    The Devil in Iron Robert E. Howard
  • Sheba did not know, as her resilient muscles carried her forward joyfully, that she was answering the call of youth to youth.

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
  • They are a dangerous, tenacious, resilient, ruthless and unrelenting foe to have.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • She went by with her quick and resilient tread, her cheek royally red.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
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.

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