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: 1635–45; Related forms
< Latin resilient-
(stem of resiliēns
), present participle of resilīre
to spring back, equivalent to re- re-
combining form of salīre
to leap, jump + -ent- -ent
); see salient
1. elastic, flexible, springy.