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Word of the Day: resile

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Feb 12, 2020

resile: verb

Definition:
recoil, retract: especially: to return to a prior position


DID YOU KNOW?
Resile is a resilient word: it's been in use in English since the early 1500s. It's also a cousin of resilient, and both words derive from the Latin verb resilire, which means "to jump back" or "recoil." (Resilire, in turn, comes from salire, meaning "to leap.") Resilient focuses on the ability of something to "bounce back" from damage, whereas resile generally applies to someone or something that withdraws from an agreement or "jumps back" from a stated position. Resile is a word that shows up only occasionally in U.S. sources; it is more common in British and especially Australian English.

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