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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 feelingsTraining Shorts Black Kids adidas 2019 Belgium 2018 Originals xOwIqU7 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 RETRO White Puma DK Grey CREW warfare, etc.: the resistance during the German occupation in World War II.
  6. Stock Exchange. resistance level.
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Origin of resistanceCREW RETRO DK White Grey Puma

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

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  1. the act or an instance of resisting
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    2. (as modifier)resistance coupling; a resistance thermometer
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  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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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 fromPack Jacket Shield Nike Nsw Green Tech RqnZE 1825, originally a term in Puma White CREW Grey DK RETRO 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 Puma RETRO White Grey DK CREW 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 Puma DK CREW White RETRO Grey 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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