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noun resistance pronunciation in British English /rɪˈzɪst(ə)ns/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the ability not to be affected or harmed by something, especially a disease or a drug
    resistance to: Vitamin C helps build resistance to infection.
    Tumour cells can develop a resistance to certain drugs.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the ability of an object not to be affected or harmed by wind, water, heat etc
      The boots showed high water resistance when tested.
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] refusal to accept something new such as a plan, idea, or change
    meet (with)/face/encounter resistance: This proposal is meeting some resistance at the UN’s headquarters.
  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] opposition to someone or something, especially a political or military opponent
    The government had taken elaborate precautions to crush any resistance.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] physics a force that makes a moving object move more slowly
    air/wind resistance

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