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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by the ability to recover readily, as from misfortune.
  • adj. Capable of returning to an original shape or position, as after having been compressed. See Synonyms at flexible.

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  • adj. Able to endure tribulation without cracking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Leaping back; rebounding; recoiling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having resilience; inclined to leap or spring back; leaping or springing back; rebounding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like
  • adj. elastic; rebounds readily

Etymologies

Latin resiliēns, resilient-, present participle of resilīre, to leap back; see resile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • I like Brown's response (of course I do), but the second question disturbs me. The first question I think is a good one and I'd've liked to see that answer. The second question—it seems plaintive and a little pathetic to be asking such a thing of another country's leader. What was she thinking?

    Q: Would you compare what is happening to the United States I hope to God she meant to say "in" and not "to" to the period when Great Britain's influence eroded? which one? Do you think America will ever be again what it was?

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown: America is an incredibly resilient country. You've got tremendous strengths. You've got great entrepreneurs and some great companies. America will always be a strong country. I think the resilience that will be shown in the next period of time will just demonstrate America's great power and standing in the world.
    —"Britain's Comeback Kid," by Lally Weymouth, Newsweek, Nov. 3, 2008

    October 29, 2008