Truly, your resilience, or ability to bounce back, is not just admirable, but foolhardy, some might say; who else could have survived an attack by a rabid toucan and then gone on to become a world-renowned bird breeder?

The noun resilience stems from the Latin resiliens, “to rebound, recoil.” As a character trait, resilience is a person’s ability to recover quickly from unfortunate circumstances or illness. Runners who fall during a marathon only to pop back up and dash through the finish line show some serious resilience. Or Silly Putty that can stretch and stretch without breaking, and then come back to rest inside its egg-shaped carrying case — that’s resilience, or elasticity, for you.

Definitions of resilience
  1. noun
    the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit
    synonyms: resiliency
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    type of:
    elasticity, snap
    the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
  2. noun
    an occurrence of rebounding or springing back
    synonyms: resiliency
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    type of:
    backlash, rebound, recoil, repercussion
    a movement back from an impact
  3. noun
    the ability to recover readily from adversity or change
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    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
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