Definition of resilient adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɪliənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɪliənt//
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  1. 1able to feel better quickly after something unpleasant such as shock, injury, etc. He'll get over it—young people are amazingly resilient. These plants are very resilient to rough handling.
  2. 2(of a substance) returning to its original shape after being bent, stretched, or pressed See related entries: Materials and properties
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin resilient- ‘leaping back’, from the verb resilire ‘to recoil’, from re- ‘back’ + salire ‘to jump’.Extra examples a pretty resilient plant a remarkably resilient woman He’ll get over it—young people are amazingly resilient.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: resilient