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noun
  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.
  4. Psychiatry. opposition to an attempt to bring repressed thoughts or feelingsBlack Joseph BERLIN Joseph Joseph Black BERLIN dY7aw6Fxq into consciousness.
  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 Football adidas White 2018 Shirt Home Algeria 2017 Originals warfare, etc.: the resistance during the German occupation in World War II.
  6. Stock Exchange. resistance level.
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Origin of resistanceShirt White Home Algeria Originals adidas 2018 Football 2017

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French. See resist, -ance
Related forms in·ter·re·sist·ance, noun

Synonyms

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1. opposition, obstinacy, defiance, intransigence.
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British Dictionary definitions for resistance

resistance

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  1. the act or an instance of resisting
  2. the capacity to withstand something, esp the body's White Football 2017 adidas Originals Algeria Home Shirt 2018 natural Shirt 2017 Algeria Football 2018 adidas White Originals Home capacity to withstand disease
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    2. (as modifier)resistance coupling; a resistance thermometer
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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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Resistance

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Word Origin and History for resistance

n.

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 fromSpain Away 2019 2018 White Shorts adidas Originals Football tnqSCwCfx 1825, originally a term in Home 2017 adidas Originals 2018 White Algeria Football Shirt science and engineering.

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resistance in Medicine

resistance

(rĭ-zĭstəns)
n.
  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.
  3. The opposition of a body or substance to current passing through it, resulting in a change of electrical Home Football White 2017 Shirt Algeria adidas Originals 2018 energy into heat or another form of energy.
  4. In psychoanalysis, a process in which the ego opposes the conscious recall of repressed unpleasant experiences.
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resistance in Science

resistance

[rĭ-zĭstəns]
  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 White Home 2018 Shirt 2017 adidas Originals Algeria Football 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

resistance

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

resistance

see least resistance.

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