Meaning of RESISTANCE in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Resistance to something such as a change or a new idea is a refusal to accept it.

The US wants big cuts in European agricultural export subsidies, but this is meeting ~.

N-UNCOUNT: oft N to n


Resistance to an attack consists of fighting back against the people who have attacked you.

The troops are encountering stiff ~...



The ~ of your body to germs or diseases is its power to remain unharmed or unaffected by them.

This disease is surprisingly difficult to catch as most people have a natural ~ to it.

N-UNCOUNT: oft N to n


Wind or air ~ is a force which slows down a moving object or vehicle.

The design of the bicycle has managed to reduce the effects of wind ~ and drag.

N-UNCOUNT: usu supp N


In electrical engineering or physics, ~ is the ability of a substance or an electrical circuit to stop the flow of an electrical current through it.

...materials that lose all their electrical ~.



In a country which is occupied by the army of another country, or which has a very harsh and strict government, the ~ is an organized group of people who are involved in illegal activities against the people in power.

They managed to escape after being arrested by the ~.

N-SING: the N


If you take the line of least ~ in a situation, you do what is easiest, even though you think that it may not be the right thing to do. In American English, you usually talk about the path of least ~.

They would rather take the line of least ~ than become involved in arguments.

PHRASE: PHR after v

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