resistance - definition and synonyms


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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.

    1. a.
      [singular] a secret organization that fights against the group that controls their country
  4. 4
    [uncountable] physics a force that makes a moving object move more slowly

    air/wind resistance

  5. 5
    [uncountable] physics the ability of something to stop the flow of electricity