resile

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Etymology[edit]

Latin resiliō (spring back) through French resilir; from re (back) + saliō (I jump).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /rəˈzaɪl/, /riˈzaɪl/
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resile (third-person singular simple present resiles, present participle resiling, simple past and past participle resiled)

  1. To start back; to recoil; to recede from a purpose.
    • 2007, David Pollard et al., Constitutional and Administrative Law: Text with Materials, ISBN 019928637X, page 594:
      If a legitimate expectation is established, it must be unfair for the public authority to resile from giving effect to that expectation, unless the wider interests of the public require that the public authority resiles in order properly to protect those wider interests.
  2. To spring back; rebound; resume the original form or position, as an elastic body.

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