Definition of resilience in English:


(also resiliency)


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

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

    ‘nylon is excellent in wearability 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.’
    flexibility, pliability, suppleness, plasticity, elasticity, springiness, spring, give
    strength of character, strength, toughness, hardiness
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