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resistence (countable and uncountable, plural resistences)

  1. (rare) Alternative form of resistance
    • 1704, Charles Hayes, A Treatise of Fluxions: Or, an Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy [] [1], London: Edw. Midwinter, page 150:
      Hence it appears that the Curve MD cannot approach the Axis AL, then in the point D, where it Interſects the perpendicular AK; and that afterwards when AC is leſs then AE, then the Portion of the Curve DO, will be deſcrib'd Convex towards the Axis AL, ſo that the Surface of the Solid of leaſt Reſiſtence may be Concave as well as Convex towards the Axis.
    • 1765, Rev. Temple Henry Croker; Thomas Williams; Samuel Clark, The Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: In which the Whole Circle of Human Learning is Explained, and the Difficulties Attending the Acquisition of Every Art, Whether Liberal Or Mechanical, are Removed [] [2], volume 2, page 380:
      Farther, the reſiſtence a body moving in a fluid meets with from thence, may be conſidered with regard to the fluid; and then it will be found to be more or leſs, according to the denſity of the fluid. For by how much denſer the fluid is, ſo much the greater number of particles are to be put into motion by the body, in order to make its way through it.
    • 2001 September 27, Terrie E. Moffitt; Avshalom Caspi; Michael Rutter; Phil A. Silva, Sex Differences in Antisocial Behaviour: Conduct Disorder, Delinquency, and Violence in the Dunedin Longitudinal Study[3], Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 151:
      This hypothesis goes by many names, including group resistence, the threshold effect, and the gender paradox. Because the hypothesis holds such wide appeal, it is worth revisiting the logic behind it. The hypothesis is built on the factual observation that fewer females than males act antisocially.

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This spelling is now rare enough that it may be considered a misspelling by some speakers.


Middle English[edit]

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From Old French resistence, from Latin resistentia; equivalent to resisten +‎ -ence.


  • IPA(key): /rɛˈzistɛns(ə)/, /rɛˈsistɛns(ə)/


resistence (uncountable)

  1. Military resistance or opposition to a government.
  2. Passive or peaceful resistance or opposition to a government.
  3. Challenge, obstruction; a hazard or obstacle.
  4. (rare) Hardness, rigidity; the state of being firm or non-flexible.
  5. (rare) An opposing argument; a response to an argument
  6. (rare) An individual's capability for resisting.
  7. (rare) A strike or attack.


  • English: resistance, resistence
  • Scots: resistance


Middle French[edit]


resistence f (plural resistences)

  1. resistance (act, process of resisting)