Definition of resilient in English:



  • 1(of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.

    ‘babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize’
    ‘the fish are resilient to most infections’
    • ‘I am a strong and resilient person and the fact that I can easily adapt to any situation made me a survivor.’
    • ‘They were resilient people of noble character who knew the line between right and wrong.’
    • ‘With a stunning array of products, the exhibition gives us the feel of a resilient people and their culture.’
    • ‘He is a resilient character, but it is an experience which tested his resolve.’
    • ‘People are very resilient and want to carry on their lives just as they did before.’
    • ‘Happily, children are resilient and this sort of familial chaos will have no effect on them.’
    • ‘They are a hardy and resilient species, a fact evident from their continued existence into the 21st century.’
    • ‘Dog sled and snowshoe races were also held when the Arctic winter night drew to an end, enhancing the endurance of a resilient people.’
    • ‘They were resilient people with strong faith and a firm belief in providence.’
    • ‘Laboratory experiments show the molecule also has an effect on human cells, making them much more resilient to radiation.’
    • ‘He remains a charming, impeccably polite, good-natured and amazingly resilient man.’
    • ‘True, children are resilient but going through that kind of ordeal is bound to leave some scars.’
    • ‘I am a much more confident and resilient person than I was three years ago.’
    • ‘When trying events do arise, slow down and ask yourself how a resilient person would respond.’
    • ‘Africa is a wonderful, diverse continent with an extraordinary, energetic and resilient people.’
    • ‘A less resilient person would have succumbed to depression and retired from music and public life.’
    • ‘This foundation in turn leads to children developing into resourceful and resilient teenagers and adults.’
    • ‘The belief that girls are more resilient to environmental factors than boys was thus not supported.’
    • ‘Foxes are resilient creatures, and have the ability to increase their population when mortality increases.’
    • ‘Children can be remarkably adaptable and are more resilient to trauma than older generations.’
    strong, tough, hardy
    View synonyms
  • 2(of a substance or object) able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed.

    ‘a shoe with resilient cushioning’
    • ‘Just a small portion of this resilient rubber gray matter is all one needs to erase away the problems.’
    • ‘One of the useful touches found on both models is a resilient recoil pad that carries a polymer insert in the heel.’
    • ‘US researchers are investigating whether a flexible, resilient gel has the potential to be used as artificial cartilage to repair ailing joints.’
    • ‘Something like jam doughnuts, they have a tough envelope of cartilage containing a resilient, jelly like substance.’
    • ‘Foam is resilient, keeps its shape and comes in a range of densities.’
    • ‘After a bit the dough gets more resilient and when poked with a finger, springs back at you.’
    • ‘Because of the high protein content of bone, it is flexible and resilient as well as hard.’
    • ‘Three values of resilient modulus can be extracted from the permanent strain testing.’
    • ‘Air can pass through the foam easily, resulting in a soft, resilient, flexible material.’
    • ‘Buffalo horns are also more flexible and resilient than cattle horns and provide thicker strips.’
    • ‘Support surfaces that are made from resilient foam exhibit this type of elastic response.’
    • ‘Soil elastic modulus or resilient modulus can be measured in laboratory using dynamic triaxial tests or resonant column test.’
    flexible, pliable, pliant, supple, plastic, elastic, springy, rubbery
    View synonyms


Mid 17th century: from Latin resilient- ‘leaping back’, from the verb resilire (see resile).