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RESISTANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does resistant mean? 

RESISTANT (adjective)
  The adjective RESISTANT has 5 senses:

1. relating to or conferring immunity (to disease or infection)
2. able to tolerate environmental conditions or physiological stress
3. impervious to being affected
4. disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority
5. incapable of absorbing or mixing with

  Familiarity information: RESISTANT used as an adjective is common.


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RESISTANT (adjective)


Sense 1resistant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or conferring immunity (to disease or infection)

Synonyms:

resistant; immune

Similar:

insusceptible; unsusceptible (not susceptible to)


Sense 2resistant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able to tolerate environmental conditions or physiological stress

Synonyms:

resistant; tolerant

Context examples:

the plant is tolerant of saltwater / these fish are quite tolerant as long as extremes of pH are avoided / the new hybrid is more resistant to drought

Similar:

tolerable (capable of being borne or endured)


Sense 3resistant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impervious to being affected

Context examples:

resistant to the effects of heat / resistant to persuasion

Similar:

imperviable; impervious (not admitting of passage or capable of being affected)


Sense 4resistant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority

Synonyms:

insubordinate; resistive; resistant

Similar:

defiant; noncompliant (boldly resisting authority or an opposing force)


Sense 5resistant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incapable of absorbing or mixing with

Synonyms:

repellent; resistant

Context examples:

a water-repellent fabric / plastic highly resistant to steam and water

Similar:

nonabsorbent; nonabsorptive (not capable of absorbing or soaking up (liquids))


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