What does resilient mean?

Definitions for resilient
rɪˈzɪl yəntre·silient

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resilientadjective

    recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like

  2. bouncy, live, lively, resilient, springyadjective

    elastic; rebounds readily

    "clean bouncy hair"; "a lively tennis ball"; "as resilient as seasoned hickory"; "springy turf"


  1. resilientadjective

    Able to endure tribulation without cracking.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Resilientadjective

    Starting or springing back.

    Etymology: resiliens, Lat.


  1. resilient

    Resilient generally refers to the ability to recover quickly or easily from difficulties or tough situations. It can also pertain to the capacity of a substance or object to spring back into shape after being bent, stretched, or deformed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resilientadjective

    leaping back; rebounding; recoiling

  2. Etymology: [L. resiliens, p. pr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. resilient

    Able to live and manage life with dignity, motivation and determination.

    We are all resilient beings on planet earth, we experience many moments of many things and we manage, learn, evolve and move on.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 8, 2016  


  1. Resilient

    elastic; having the property of springing back.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resilient in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resilient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of resilient in a Sentence

  1. Prashant Agarwal:

    Success never comes easy. It needs a whole lot of efforts to achieve it and if you have complete dedication and desire, then only you can achieve it. You should be resilient at the times of failure and should have the fighting back spirit so that success knocks at your door.

  2. Sanita Belgrave:

    Fragile at heart but resilient to the core.

  3. Skip Davis:

    Last year was a big signal that the Afghan army and police need some more time, they are resilient, they fought well and they took on leadership, but at the same time, they had some significant challenges and the Taliban proved much more resilient than we expected and less likely to come to the table for reconciliation.

  4. Brennan Wood:

    I have never heard a child say,' I am glad you lied to me about death. I'm glad you kept information from me. I'm glad you left me out of the conversation,' children are resilient, but they need a guide to help them be resilient. It does not happen in a vacuum.

  5. e:

    Be tough and resilient about your goals, targets, dreams, visions and aspirations. For, you've got to be tough and resilient as far as all of the above is concerned. But, take Note: don't be cynical and rigid. Most especially, with regard to your beliefs and outlook (your attitude to life). ~Emeasoba George.

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    a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease
    • A. equivalent
    • B. aculeate
    • C. epidemic
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