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Definition of "resistance" []

  • The act or an instance of resisting or the capacity to resist. (noun)
  • A force that tends to oppose or retard motion. (noun)
  • An underground organization engaged in a struggle for national liberation in a country under military or totalitarian occupation. (noun)
  • Psychology A process in which the ego opposes the conscious recall of anxiety-producing experiences. (noun)
  • Biology The capacity of an organism to defend itself against a disease. (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 "resistance" in a sentence
  • "The OHM, as a unit of measurement, equals a unit of _resistance_ that is equivalent to the resistance of a hundred feet of copper wire the size of a pin."
  • "In this case the difference in resistance is huge and the current through any human will be negligent."
  • "It is all of that, because, again, when the population all of a sudden shifts from either tacitly accepting or maybe even actively supporting Al Qaeda and seeing them cloaked in the term resistance, and then seeing them for what they are, which is the purveyors of extremist ideology, indiscriminate violence and even oppressive practices."