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resistant

[ri-zis-tuh nt] /rɪˈzɪs tənt/
adjective
1.
noun
2.
a person or thing that resists.
Origin of resistant
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French resistant, present participle of resister to resist; see -ant
Related forms
resistantly, adverb
antiresistant, adjective, noun
antiresistantly, adverb
unresistant, adjective
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  • But, once a given theory proved workable, how resistant he would be to a new theory.

    Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Like those of Vulpina, the roots are slender, hard and resistant to phylloxera.

  • For once Lady Caroline made a quick, resistant gesture, as if some impulse prompted her to speak sharply and decisively.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • We may often select the resistant form to great advantage (see Fig. 119).

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The muscles of his cheeks moved in hard lumps beneath his fists as if he were champing some resistant substance.

    The Iron Furrow George C. Shedd
British Dictionary definitions for resistant

resistant

/rɪˈzɪstənt/
adjective
1.
characterized by or showing resistance; resisting
2.
  1. impervious to the action of corrosive substances, heat, etc: a highly resistant surface
  2. (in combination): a heat-resistant surface
noun
3.
a person or thing that resists
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Word Origin and History for resistant
adj.

c.1600, from French résistant, present participle of résister (see resist). In reference to diseases or drugs from 1897.

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