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[ri-zis-tuh nt] /rɪˈzɪs tənt/
a person or thing that resists.
Origin of resistant
1590-1600; < Middle French resistant, present participle of resister to resist; see -ant
Related forms
resistantly, adverb
antiresistant, adjective, noun
antiresistantly, adverb
unresistant, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resistant
  • UK scientists are genetically modifying mosquitoes to be resistant to malaria, which kills millions annually.
  • Increasingly many bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotic treatment, presenting a serious public health threat.
  • Shark skin is also incredibly resistant to bacteria.
  • But if you take steps to make your house resistant to lesser fires, it may survive.
  • The resistant bacteria will spread the way bacteria do, but now they will outnumber the vulnerable ones in the population.
  • But it was thought that the brain was largely resistant to autophagy under these conditions.
  • Pear trees are resistant to oak root fungus add to my plant list.
  • Older generations of bedbugs weren't resistant to pesticides and lived in tougher environments: houses without central heating.
  • The composite is more resistant to corrosion than the steel it replaces, is easier to clean and floats.
  • The pandemic is growing in many places, and strains resistant to all existing drugs are emerging.
British Dictionary definitions for resistant


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

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

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