Meaning of RESISTANCE in English


Pronunciation: ri- ' zis-t ə n(t)s

Function: noun

Date: 14th century

1 a : an act or instance of resisting : OPPOSITION b : a means of resisting

2 : the power or capacity to resist: as a : the inherent ability of an organism to resist harmful influences (as disease, toxic agents, or infection) b : the capacity of a species or strain of microorganism to survive exposure to a toxic agent (as a drug) formerly effective against it

3 : an opposing or retarding force

4 a : the opposition offered by a body or substance to the passage through it of a steady electric current b : a source of resistance

5 : a psychological defense mechanism wherein a patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes the therapeutic efforts of a psychotherapist

6 often capitalized : an underground organization of a conquered or nearly conquered country engaging in sabotage and secret operations against occupation forces and collaborators

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.