Definition of resistant in English:



  • 1Offering resistance to something or someone.

    ‘some of the old Churches are resistant to change’
    [in combination] ‘a water-resistant adhesive’
    • ‘Meanwhile, new products are being developed, because most mosquitoes have grown resistant to the original insecticides.’
    • ‘Nearly five per cent of all vines grow on their own roots, without having been grafted on to resistant rootstocks.’
    • ‘His research team was working on a project to prevent bacteria becoming more resistant to antibiotics.’
    • ‘The parasite continuously mutates, making itself resistant to malaria drugs.’
    • ‘They also investigate the ecological assumption that some organizational features are more resistant to change than others.’
    • ‘Wood from slowly growing trees with narrow rings proved resistant to decay.’
    • ‘The fibers are strong, durable, and resistant to heat.’
    • ‘Antibiotic therapy for these noninfectious problems results in the colonization of highly resistant organisms.’
    • ‘Growing resistant soybean cultivars is a very effective way of controlling the disease.’
    • ‘There is, though, a small catch: it is not water resistant.’
    • ‘The tiles were designed to be incredibly resistant to heat.’
    • ‘The hollow bones are thin-walled, but actually quite resistant to stress from bending - the stresses involved in flight.’
    • ‘So within a short time, there will be millions of germs resistant to penicillin.’
    • ‘Will crops that have been genetically manipulated to be resistant to herbicides result in greater use of herbicides?’
    • ‘Over a period of time they become much more firmly fixed and resistant to decay and interference.’
    • ‘Already diseases like TB are making a resurgence in the West, including strains increasingly resistant to most antibiotics.’
    • ‘Less resistant strains tend to be killed off by antibiotics, while those which are genetically tougher survive.’
    • ‘To increase the durability of the table, use a finish that is resistant to water stains.’
    • ‘Multidrug resistant malaria is not yet a major problem in east and central Africa.’
    • ‘Behavior that is controlled in this intermittent way becomes highly resistant to change.’
    opposed to, averse to, hostile to, inimical to, against, anti, unwilling to accept, disinclined to accept, reluctant to accept, unenthusiastic about
    impervious to, proof against, unaffected by, repellent of
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  • 2Denoting starch that is not easily broken down by enzymes within the body and is therefore minimally absorbed during digestion.

    ‘cooked rice, like bread, contains a useful amount of resistant starch, which acts like fibre in the digestive system’
    • ‘The research claims that resistant starch foods also shrink fat cells, increase muscle mass, curb cravings, and keep people feeling full for longer.’
    • ‘Resistant starches can act as a carrier to enhance the survival of probiotic organisms.’
    • ‘Resistant starch may be the latest ingredient making waves in the functional food world, particularly for its use as a prebiotic ingredient in yogurt products.’
    • ‘A diet rich in fibre and resistant starch encourages the growth of good bacteria.’
    • ‘The availability of resistant starch is increasing and is available for use in baking such products as breads, cookies or muffins.’
    • ‘Resistant starches may also help with weight loss since there isn't any change in the taste and texture of foods, but since it is digested differently, you absorb fewer calories.’
    • ‘This group also is testing Louisiana products containing resistant starch, such as rice and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘Dodd said the industry is working on "resistant carbs" - technology that will restrict the digestible carbohydrates in pasta, so that consumers can enjoy pasta without worrying about it.’
    • ‘Subjects fed resistant starch on reduced-calorie diets reported feeling less hungry and had greater feelings of fullness during the study.’
    • ‘Currently, developed countries consume between three and seven grams of resistant starch per day.’