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Definition of "resilience" []

  • The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy. (noun)
  • The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity. (noun)

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 "resilience" in a sentence
  • ""The problem with the word 'resilience' is it has a slightly dour sense to it and comes from handling adversity and there is something more positive to say.""
  • "A community where we are unconcerned about the long-term resilience is like the rocky soil in the parable of the Sower and the Seeds (Luke 8): when trials and tribulations come, the community will be lost."
  • "Rhoda said the AU Commission is looking at building what she calls resilience through long-term and sustainable systems."