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Resiliency Definitions

Do you know what the verb for resilience is? We didn’t either until we looked in the dictionary. The verb for resilience is "resile" (ree-zil), as in "the people best suited for today’s world of non-stop change are able to resile."

The word resile has existed as a legitimate word for thousands of years. It is derived from the Latin word "resilíre," meaning "to leap back."

Resilience (noun) or Resiliency (noun)

Able to recover quickly from misfortune; able to return to original form after being bent, compressed, or stretched out of shape. A human ability to recover quickly from disruptive change, or misfortune without being overwhelmed or acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways. As in "Our team showed great resilience," or "Our team had good resiliency."

Resile (verb)

As in "Our team was able to resile," or "Our team resiled."

Resiliently (adverb)

As in "Our team responded resiliently."

Resilient (adjective)

As in "Our team was very resilient."

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What does "resiliency" mean to you? Based on your experience, what are the differences between people who bounce back from difficulties with good energy and people who can’t handle an ordinary day very well?

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