Resilience Is…


resilience, n.

Pronunciation:  Brit. /rᵻˈzɪlɪəns/ , U.S. /rəˈzɪliəns/ , /rəˈzɪljəns/
5. The quality or fact of being able to recover quickly or easily from, or resist being affected by, a misfortune, shock, illness, etc.; robustness; adaptability.
1857   J. F. Smith & W. Howitt Cassell’s Illustr. Hist. Eng. I. lx. 333/2   In their struggles with the ponderous power of England [the Scotch] discovered an invincible vigour, not only of resistance, but of resilience.
1893   Independent (N.Y.) 19 Oct.,   The resilience and the elasticity of spirit which I had even ten years ago.
1923   Polit. Sci. Q. 38 237   With a curious resilience which..has characterized him [sc. Gandhi] upon similar occasions before, he came back from his mourning and fasting more determined than ever.
1977   K. M. E. Murray Caught in Web of Words xvi. 309   Although he still had surprising vigour of body and mind, he had lost something of his powers of resilience.
2002   Daily Tel. 30 May 24/4   As Ernest, Alan Perrin captures the character’s humour and plucky resilience, as well as his socialist chippiness.

The Oxford English Dictionary is the last word, yes? Mehhh, not so much.

The RAND Corporation review of 340 documents focused on psychological resilience identified 122 definitions grouped in three areas: basic, adaptation and growth.

  • Basic being a capacity which develops over time
  • Adaptation being focused on bouncing back
  • Growth referring to additional growth after experiencing trauma

We will be posting these definitions on the pages linked above and adding to these definitions as we continue our own exploration


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