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Definition of "resile" [re•sile]

  • To spring back, especially to resume a former position or structure after being stretched or compressed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To draw back; recoil. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "resile" in a sentence
  • "Fourthly nothing I have read or said makes me resile from the proposition which I made yesterday that we ought to withdraw from the ECHR and enact a new progressive and modern British Bill of Rights which reflects the world in which we now live not that of 1950 when the ECHR was drawn up and which is consonant with the Common law and the British way of life."
  • "Not really a related point, but germane to the closeness of politicians to the BBC, is the spread of the perfectly respectable word "resile" meaning 'recoil' - a word unrecognised by Microsoft Word."
  • "I quite like "resile" and it gives us the useful word "resilient" but haven't noticed it particularly on the BBC."