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  1. the act or power of resisting, opposing, or withstanding.
  2. the opposition offered by one thing, force, etc., to another.
  3. Electricity.
    1. Also called ohmic resistance.a property of a conductor by virtue of which the passage of current is opposed, causing electric energy to be transformed into heat: equal to the voltage across the conductor divided by the current flowing in the conductor: usually measured in ohms. Abbreviation: R
    2. a conductor or coil offering such opposition; resistor.
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  5. (often initial capital letter) an underground organization composed of groups of private individuals working as an opposition force in a conquered country to overthrow the occupying power, usually by acts of sabotage, guerrilla Shirt Training 2018 Germany Kids adidas White Originals 2019 warfare, etc.: the resistance during the German occupation in World War II.
  6. Stock Exchange. resistance level.
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1300–50; Middle English < Middle French. See resist, -ance
Related forms in·ter·re·sist·ance, noun


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1. opposition, obstinacy, defiance, intransigence. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for resistance


  1. the act or an instance of resisting
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  5. physics the magnitude of the real part of the acoustic or mechanical impedance
  6. line of least resistance the easiest, but not necessarily the best or most honourable, course of action
  7. See passive resistance
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Word Origin and History for resistance


mid-14c., from Old French resistance, earlier resistence, from Late Latin resistentia, from present participle stem of Latin resistere "make a stand against, oppose" (see resist). Meaning "organized covert opposition to an occupying or ruling power" [OED] is from 1939. Electromagnetic sense is from 1860. Path of least resistance is fromKids Beckham 17 2016 Nike 7 Away Red England Shirt w0XnqZH 1825, originally a term in adidas 2018 Training Kids Shirt White 2019 Originals Germany science and engineering.

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resistance in Medicine


  1. The capacity of an organism to defend itself against a disease.
  2. The capacity of an organism, a tissue, or a cell to withstand the effects of a harmful physical or environmental agent.
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  4. In psychoanalysis, a process in which the ego opposes the conscious recall of repressed unpleasant experiences.
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resistance in Science


  1. A force, such as friction, that operates opposite the direction of motion of a body and tends to prevent or slow down the body's motion.
  2. A measure of the degree to which a substance impedes the Kids Germany Training 2018 adidas Shirt White Originals 2019 flow of electric current induced by a voltage. Resistance is measured in ohms. Good conductors, such as copper, have low resistance. Good insulators, such as rubber, have high resistance. Resistance causes electrical energy to be dissipated as heat. See also Ohm's law.
  3. The capacity of an organism, tissue, or cell to withstand the effects of a harmful physical or environmental agent, such as a microorganism or pollutant.
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resistance in Culture


In electricity, a measurement of the difficulty encountered by a power source in forcing electric current (see also current) through an electrical circuit, and hence the amount of power dissipated in the circuit. Resistance is measured in ohms.

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Idioms and Phrases with resistance


see least resistance.

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