Meaning of RESISTANCE in English


I. ri-ˈzis-tən(t)s noun

Date: 14th century


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


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

II. adjective

Date: 1976

: of, relating to, or being exercise involving pushing against a source of resistance (as a weight) to increase strength

resistance training

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