What does resilience mean?

Definitions for resiliencerɪˈzɪl yəns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resilience, resiliency(noun)

    the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit

  2. resilience, resiliency(noun)

    an occurrence of rebounding or springing back


  1. resilience(Noun)

    The mental ability to recover quickly from depression, illness or misfortune.

  2. resilience(Noun)

    The physical property of material that can resume its shape after being stretched or deformed; elasticity.

  3. resilience(Noun)

    The positive ability of a system or company to adapt itself to the consequences of a catastrophic failure caused by power outage, a fire, a bomb or similar (particularly IT systems, archives).

  4. Origin: From resilio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resilience(noun)

    alt. of Resiliency


  1. Resilience

    Resilience is an album of songs by Electronic music artist Kid 606. It was released on Tigerbeat6.


  1. Resilience

    Resilience has delivered network security appliances with the most advanced operating system. RES/OS boasts such features as open systems flexibility and life cycle management innovations for mission-critical applications. Resilience’s high performance solutions are designed for network environments where availability is essential and security must not be compromised.

Editors Contribution

  1. resilience

    The ability to cope with life experiences.

    We all have resilience to empower us to learn and manage and cope with life experiences.

  2. resilience

    The ability to be flexible and change the response to suit various types of movement.

    Her body has a resilience to it as a gymnast this is what she needs to perform.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resilience in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resilience in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Hardship is a legitimate test of character, resilience a legitimate sign of strength and patience a legitimate mark of faith.

  2. Elie Wiesel:

    I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.

  3. Kevin Klein:

    Maybe earlier in the year, you get a bounce like that and you get down on yourself, i thought the resilience our team showed, not to let up, we just turned to each other and said, 'Just keep going.'.

  4. Jim Ambrose:

    I think there is a resilience gene. There are so many times when I could have packed it in, or subsisted on scraps. Or I could have chosen girlfriends who were bad for me or cruel or abusive, but I didn't, i need for them to see me as plainly and clearly as they possibly can. I need unequivocal visibility from my sexual partner.

  5. Michael Brosowski:

    It's better than you might think, I think that young people have a resilience that is often difficult for us adults to understand, and in Vietnamese culture there is a real attitude of pull yourself back together again and get on with it. So those factors mean that the girls that we meet who have been rescued, they do surprisingly well.

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Translations for resilience

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مرونةArabic
  • modstandskraftDanish
  • Resilienz, Elastizität, elastisches VerformungsarbeitsaufnahmevermögenGerman
  • ψυχολογική αντοχή, ελαστικότητα, επανατακτικότητα, ακαμψιμότητα, επαναπροσαρμοστικότητα, ανθεκτικότηταGreek
  • elasticidad, resiliencia, resistenciaSpanish
  • حالت ارتجاعیPersian
  • kimmoisuus, sietokyky, lannistumattomuus, sitkeys, joustavuus, sinnikkyysFinnish
  • résilience, résistanceFrench
  • stressztűrés, terhelhetőség, rugalmasság, stressztűrő képesség, ellenállóképességHungarian
  • resilienza, elasticitàItalian
  • חוסןHebrew
  • 回復力Japanese
  • 탄성Korean
  • mollitiaLatin
  • veerkracht, herstellingsvermogenDutch
  • motstandsdyktighetNorwegian
  • odporność, sprężystośćPolish
  • resiliênciaPortuguese
  • устойчивость, гибкость, эластичность, упругостьRussian
  • elasticitetSwedish
  • లాఘవముTelugu
  • elastikiyet, dayanıklılık, rezilyans, yaylanma, elastiklik, çabuk iyileşme özelliğiTurkish

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