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Definition of resistance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 someone or 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.
  4. 4[uncountable, singular] resistance (to something) a force that stops something from 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 piece of electrical equipment, etc. to the flow of a direct current compare reactance
  6. 6the Resistance [singular] a secret organization that resists the authorities, especially in a country that an enemy has control of resistance fighters
  7. Idioms
    (choose, follow, take, etc.) the path/line of least resistance
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    (to choose, etc.) the easiest way of doing something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: resistance