Definition of resilience in English:


(also resiliency)


  • 1The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness:

    ‘the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions’
    • ‘First, childhood bereavement research already exists to enrich our understanding of resilience.’
    • ‘The panicky reaction of players at the US Open betrayed their lack of resilience in the face of adversity.’
    • ‘Almost 200 Californians turned out for tips on how to build resilience.’
    • ‘As he entered old age Philp reacted to increasing disability and frailty with typical resilience and dignity.’
    • ‘That said, the resilience of the teapot refiners leads some to wager they will survive.’
    • ‘The final pages are devoted to the resilience of her legend.’
    • ‘Which I suppose is a tribute to Londoners ' resilience.’
    • ‘Developing coping skills is one way to facilitate young people's resilience.’
    • ‘Marvellous resilience by the Killough travellers saw them cling on like leeches, brilliantly grinding out four winning games to record a superb victory.’
    • ‘Psychologists throughout the country consistently found receptive audiences for psychology's messages about how to build resilience.’
    • ‘New York has risen from the ashes with admirable resilience.’
    • ‘However, the losses in market value are distributed unevenly, with some regions showing a surprising resilience to the market upheaval.’
    • ‘By extension, it speaks to the resilience of a people who have endured a great deal of turmoil in a short span of history.’
    • ‘Poland's history has been marked by its resilience.’
    • ‘Figures released yesterday showed the resilience of consumer spending last month.’
    • ‘Family therapists may be their best allies in passing on resilience.’
    • ‘Cizdyn at Oriel Securities said the risers demonstrated the resilience of the market on Friday.’
    • ‘But as the day went on they started to find some resilience.’
    • ‘Consumer strength in the second half has been central to the resilience of the overall economy.’
    • ‘Undeniably beautiful, it's a celebration of resilience against all odds.’
  • 2The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity:

    ‘nylon is excellent in wearability, abrasion resistance and resilience’
    • ‘Polypropylene is being used more and more widely in the manufacture of carpeting due to its high resilience to wear and stain proof properties.’
    strength of character, strength, toughness, hardiness
    flexibility, pliability, suppleness, plasticity, elasticity, springiness, spring, give
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