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resist

[ri-zist] /rɪˈzɪst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to withstand, strive against, or oppose:
to resist infection; to resist temptation.
2.
to withstand the action or effect of:
to resist spoilage.
3.
to refrain or abstain from, especially with difficulty or reluctance:
They couldn't resist the chocolates.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.
noun
5.
a substance that prevents or inhibits some effect from taking place, as a coating on a surface of a metallic printing plate that prevents or inhibits corrosion of the metal by acid.
6.
Textiles. a chemically inert substance used in resist printing.
Origin of resist
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English resisten (v.) < Latin resistere to remain standing, equivalent to re- re- + sistere to cause to stand, akin to stāre to stand
Related forms
resister, noun
resistingly, adverb
interresist, verb
nonresisting, adjective
overresist, verb
quasi-resisted, adjective
unresisted, adjective
unresisting, adjective
Can be confused
resister, resistor.
Synonyms
1. confront, counteract, rebuff. See oppose.
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Examples from the Web for unresisting
Historical Examples
  • The unresisting acquiescence of the Acadians only deepens his detestation of the cupidity and religious bigotry of their spoilers.

  • He led her, unresisting, around to the couch at the other side of the table.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He threw open the door of their room, led her in, lifted her—unresisting—on to the bed.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I certainly was bound by no law to allow a ruffian to cut me down, unresisting.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • She had drawn me back to her, my mind blacked out and unresisting.

    Where the World is Quiet Henry Kuttner
  • He held her unresisting hand, but her face was hidden from him.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Still, she told herself, she could not sit there forever, an unresisting morsel for the first meat-eater to come along.

    The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
  • In the whole of this transaction the Moravians were passive and unresisting.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • He took her unresisting hand, drew it within his arm, and led her down the stairs.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • She held out her hand, and took in hers his own unresisting fingers.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for unresisting

unresisting

/ˌunrɪˈzɪstɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not fighting against something or someone; yielding: she lay unresisting beneath him

resist

/rɪˈzɪst/
verb
1.
to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against)
2.
(transitive) to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof against: to resist corrosion
3.
(transitive) to oppose; refuse to accept or comply with: to resist arrest, to resist the introduction of new technology
4.
(transitive) to refrain from, esp in spite of temptation (esp in the phrases cannot or could not resist (something))
noun
5.
a substance used to protect something, esp a coating that prevents corrosion
Derived Forms
resister, noun
resistible, adjective
resistibility, noun
resistibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin resistere to stand still, oppose, from re- + sistere to stand firm
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Word Origin and History for unresisting

resist

v.

late 14c., from Old French resister "hold out against" (14c.), from Latin resistere "to make a stand against, oppose; to stand back; withstand," from re- "against" (see re-) + sistere "take a stand, stand firm" (see assist). Related: Resisted; resisting.

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