What does resilience mean?

Definitions for resilience
rɪˈzɪl yənsre·silience

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word resilience.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resilience, resiliencynoun

    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, resiliencynoun

    an occurrence of rebounding or springing back


  1. resiliencenoun

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

  2. resiliencenoun

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

  3. resiliencenoun

    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. Etymology: From resilio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Resilience, Resiliencynoun

    The act of starting or leaping back.

    Etymology: from resilio, Lat.

    If you strike a ball sidelong, the rebound will be as much the contrary way; whether there be any such resilience in echoes, that is, whether a man shall hear better if he stand aside the body repercussing, than if he stand where he speaketh, may be tried. Francis Bacon, Natural History.


  1. resilience

    Resilience refers to the ability or capacity of a system, person, or entity to effectively recover or bounce back from difficulties, challenges, or significant sources of stress, such as trauma, crisis, or adversity. It involves adaptability, flexibility, and strength in facing and overcoming negative situations, and restoring normalcy while maintaining overall functionality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resiliencenoun

    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 adapt and manage life experiences.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on June 3, 2016  

  2. resilience

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

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

    Submitted by MaryC on January 14, 2017  

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  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

Examples of resilience in a Sentence

  1. Warren Bennis:

    The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom--as something they thought was almost a necessity. It's as if at that moment the iron entered their soul that moment created the resilience that leaders need.

  2. Jeanie Chang:

    You can build your own resilience daily, we all have resilience. We need to work hard to build it. And that's the process of preventing burnout.

  3. Wendy Suzuki:

    You sabotage yourself and your resilience with a negative perfectionist' you failed' lens, what you want to do for your resilience is build yourself up and be your own best friend. If all of us spent more time focused on what we are doing well, that could help alleviate anxiety levels from a different point of view.

  4. Erik Pevernagie:

    When life only consists of infantile first world problems and day-by-day futilities, our mind is eager for other values, which should fill the unbearable emptiness. If we are suffocating under the pressure of the banality of evil and losing out to the slowly infiltrating cancerous cells of indifference, resilience and redirection is required. ("The world was somewhere else" )

  5. Seattle Seahawks:

    I am the first to say there is no excuse for interceptions but at the same time the resilience of our football, that's what makes the day so special, i've been in a lot of games and I've played a lot of sports. I've seen a lot of sports and I think the resilience of our team is unmatchable. The character of the guys that we have and the belief of the guys, that is what makes the difference.

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Translations for resilience

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  • مرونةArabic
  • odolnostCzech
  • modstandskraftDanish
  • elastisches Verformungsarbeitsaufnahmevermögen, Elastizität, ResilienzGerman
  • ακαμψιμότητα, ψυχολογική αντοχή, επαναπροσαρμοστικότητα, ανθεκτικότητα, επανατακτικότητα, ελαστικότηταGreek
  • rezistoEsperanto
  • resiliencia, resistencia, elasticidadSpanish
  • حالت ارتجاعیPersian
  • joustavuus, sitkeys, sietokyky, kimmoisuus, sinnikkyys, lannistumattomuusFinnish
  • résilience, résistanceFrench
  • athléimneachtIrish
  • लचीलाताHindi
  • ellenállóképesség, terhelhetőség, rugalmasság, stressztűrés, stressztűrő képességHungarian
  • ketahananIndonesian
  • resilienza, elasticitàItalian
  • חוסןHebrew
  • 回復力Japanese
  • 탄성, 회복력Korean
  • mollitiaLatin
  • herstellingsvermogen, veerkrachtDutch
  • motstandsdyktighetNorwegian
  • sprężystość, odpornośćPolish
  • resiliênciaPortuguese
  • rezistentaRomanian
  • эластичность, гибкость, устойчивость, упругостьRussian
  • elasticitetSwedish
  • లాఘవముTelugu
  • ความยืดหยุ่นThai
  • elastikiyet, dayanıklılık, rezilyans, yaylanma, elastiklik, çabuk iyileşme özelliğiTurkish
  • стійкістьUkrainian
  • لچکUrdu
  • khả năng phục hồiVietnamese
  • ריזיליאַנסYiddish
  • 弹性Chinese

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