One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abandon a position or a course of action.‘can he resile from the agreement?’
ricochet, rebound, be deflectedView synonyms
- ‘So I repeat, I'm not resiling from the position I took in 1980, but I think I would take a different view today.’
- ‘He did not determine the matter, and yet in this case he seems to have resiled somewhat from that position.’
- ‘This has meant resiling from positions that might alienate persuadable interests.’
- ‘In the instant case both experts resiled from more extreme positions.’
- ‘Both political leaders have been under sustained pressure to resile from these positions since then.’
Early 16th century: from obsolete French resilir or Latin resilire ‘to recoil’, from re- ‘back’ + salire ‘to jump’.
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