Word of the Day: Resilience

By Daniel Scocco

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Resilience (rĭ-zĭl’yəns) is the ability to recover quickly from changes or misfortunes. It can also be used as a synonym for flexibility, referring both to people and objects. If a company has resilience, for instance, it is able to handle crises effectively.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora on Tuesday and praised him for his resilience in tackling Lebanon’s many problems, a State Department official said. (Reuters)

Shimmying in her wheelchair, attacking her songs with spunk and craftiness, Ms. Baker ignored her condition. She used the resilience of the blues to invoke pleasure as both a fond memory and a continuing possibility. (NY Times)

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