resiliency


resiliency

noun

  1. the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
  2. ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.

noun

  1. Also: resiliency the state or quality of being resilient
  2. ecology the ability of an ecosystem to return to its original state after being disturbed
  3. physics the amount of potential energy stored in an elastic material when deformed
n.

1660s, “tendency to rebound;” see resilience + -cy. Meaning “power of recovery” is from 1857.

n.

1620s, “act of rebounding,” from Latin resiliens, present participle of resilire “to rebound, recoil,” from re- “back” (see re-) + salire “to jump, leap” (see salient (adj.)). Cf. result (v.). Meaning “elasticity” is from 1824.

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