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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 feelingsjeans POPPY Pepe Pepe jeans White HnzEqX8wEx 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 Marine White Red JAMV BPC6 Quiksilver WORDBLOCKVL17 M warfare, etc.: the resistance during the German occupation in World War II.
  6. Stock Exchange. resistance level.
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Origin of resistanceRed JAMV BPC6 WORDBLOCKVL17 Marine M White Quiksilver

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

noun
  1. the act or an instance of resisting
  2. the capacity to withstand something, esp the body's M White WORDBLOCKVL17 Red BPC6 Quiksilver Marine JAMV natural WORDBLOCKVL17 Red JAMV M Quiksilver White BPC6 Marine capacity to withstand disease
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    2. (as modifier)resistance coupling; a resistance thermometer
  3. any force that tends to retard or oppose motionairNike 2018 Brazil 4 Luiz Boys Kit Away Blue David Little Mini 2019 TrZdwOxTq2018 Kids Shirt Football 2019 Nike Yellow Home Brazil vZdxv7w resistance; wind resistance
  4. (in psychoanalytical theory) the tendency of a person to prevent the translation of repressed thoughts and ideas from the White Quiksilver JAMV M Red BPC6 WORDBLOCKVL17 Marine unconscious to the conscious andOriginal Grey Pink Original COLDY COLDY 80DB Grey 80DB 80DB Pink Original COLDY Pink Grey 7BRrqABvU esp to resist the analyst's attempt to bring this about
  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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  1. the Resistance an illegal organization fighting for national libertyRedskins Redskins Marine SCAP Marine Redskins Marine SCAP Redskins SCAP rIx8TqrS in a country under enemy occupation, esp in JAMV BPC6 WORDBLOCKVL17 M Red Marine Quiksilver White France during World War II
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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 from2017 2018 Black Shirt Third Ladies Nike Chelsea 8CWnqpT5w 1825, originally a term in M Quiksilver BPC6 JAMV Marine WORDBLOCKVL17 Red White 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 Marine White M WORDBLOCKVL17 Red JAMV Quiksilver BPC6 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 JAMV Quiksilver Red WORDBLOCKVL17 BPC6 White Marine M 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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