resilient

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From Middle English resilient, from Old French resilient, from Latin resiliēns, present active participle of resiliō (I leap or spring back).

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resilient (comparative more resilient, superlative most resilient)

  1. (of objects or substances) Returning quickly to original shape after force is applied; elastic.
    1. (materials science) Having the ability to absorb energy when deformed.
  2. (of systems, organisms or people) Returning quickly to normal after damaging events or conditions.
    • 1994, Michael Grumley, The Last Diary:
      He’s resilient, and strong, but sometimes tonight, here, the weight of what he’s saying makes him stop, pause as if lost.
    1. (psychology, neuroscience) Having the ability to recover from mental illness, trauma, etc.; having resilience.

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resilient

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of resiliō