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’
    • ‘People are very resilient and want to carry on their lives just as they did before.’
    • ‘They were resilient people with strong faith and a firm belief in providence.’
    • ‘They are a hardy and resilient species, a fact evident from their continued existence into the 21st century.’
    • ‘Laboratory experiments show the molecule also has an effect on human cells, making them much more resilient to radiation.’
    • ‘He is a resilient character, but it is an experience which tested his resolve.’
    • ‘I am a strong and resilient person and the fact that I can easily adapt to any situation made me a survivor.’
    • ‘This foundation in turn leads to children developing into resourceful and resilient teenagers and adults.’
    • ‘With a stunning array of products, the exhibition gives us the feel of a resilient people and their culture.’
    • ‘Dog sled and snowshoe races were also held when the Arctic winter night drew to an end, enhancing the endurance of a resilient people.’
    • ‘When trying events do arise, slow down and ask yourself how a resilient person would respond.’
    • ‘Foxes are resilient creatures, and have the ability to increase their population when mortality increases.’
    • ‘The belief that girls are more resilient to environmental factors than boys was thus not supported.’
    • ‘I am a much more confident and resilient person than I was three years ago.’
    • ‘Happily, children are resilient and this sort of familial chaos will have no effect on them.’
    • ‘He remains a charming, impeccably polite, good-natured and amazingly resilient man.’
    • ‘They were resilient people of noble character who knew the line between right and wrong.’
    • ‘A less resilient person would have succumbed to depression and retired from music and public life.’
    • ‘True, children are resilient but going through that kind of ordeal is bound to leave some scars.’
    • ‘Africa is a wonderful, diverse continent with an extraordinary, energetic and resilient people.’
    • ‘Children can be remarkably adaptable and are more resilient to trauma than older generations.’
    strong, tough, hardy
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  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soil elastic modulus or resilient modulus can be measured in laboratory using dynamic triaxial tests or resonant column test.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘US researchers are investigating whether a flexible, resilient gel has the potential to be used as artificial cartilage to repair ailing joints.’
    • ‘Air can pass through the foam easily, resulting in a soft, resilient, flexible material.’
    • ‘Something like jam doughnuts, they have a tough envelope of cartilage containing a resilient, jelly like substance.’
    flexible, pliable, pliant, supple, plastic, elastic, springy, rubbery
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Mid 17th century: from Latin resilient- leaping back from the verb resilire (see resile).