Definition of resistance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɪstəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɪstəns//
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  1. 1  [uncountable, singular] dislike of or opposition to a plan, an idea, etc.; refusal to obey As with all new ideas it met with resistance. resistance to somebody/something There has been a lot of resistance to this new law. Resistance to change has nearly destroyed the industry.
  2. 2  [uncountable, singular] the act of using force to oppose somebody/something armed resistance The defenders put up a strong resistance. resistance to somebody/something The demonstrators offered little or no resistance to the police.
  3. 3  [uncountable, singular] resistance (to something) the power not to be affected by something AIDS lowers the body's resistance to infection. See related entries: Medication
  4. 4[uncountable, singular] resistance (to something) a force that stops something moving or makes it move more slowly wind/air resistance (= in the design of planes or cars)
  5. 5 [uncountable, countable] (physics) (symbol R) the opposition of a substance or device to the flow of an electrical current compare reactance See related entries: Electronics
  6. 6(also the Resistance) [singular + singular or plural verb] a secret organization that resists the authorities, especially in a country that an enemy has control of resistance fighters
  7. Word Origin late Middle English: from French résistance, from late Latin resistentia, from the verb resistere ‘hold back’, from re- (expressing opposition) + sistere ‘stop’ (reduplication of stare ‘to stand’).Extra examples The advancing army met with little resistance. The attacks did not take place without resistance. There was fierce resistance to the new laws. They mounted stiff resistance to the proposal. You need to build up your resistance to colds. armed resistance against the Nazis AIDS lowers the body’s resistance to infection. Many viruses develop resistance to drugs. The defenders put up a strong resistance. There were a number of episodes of armed resistance during the early years of occupation. These varieties produce a lot of fruit and have excellent disease resistance.Idioms
    (choose, follow, take, etc.) the line of least resistance
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    (to choose, etc.) the easiest way of doing something
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