AskDefine | Define resistance

Dictionary Definition



1 the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with; "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead" [syn: opposition]
2 any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
3 a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms [syn: electric resistance, electrical resistance, impedance, resistivity, ohmic resistance]
4 the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; "the enemy offered little resistance"
5 (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease [syn: immunity]
6 a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force [syn: underground]
7 the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)
8 (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness
9 an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current [syn: resistor]
10 group action in opposition to those in power

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of resisting, or the capacity to resist.
  2. A force that tends to oppose motion.
  3. Shortened form of electrical resistance.
  4. An underground organization engaged in a struggle for liberation from forceful occupation.


act of resisting
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 抵抗 (dǐkàng)
  • Dutch: weerstand
  • Finnish: vastarinta
  • French: résistance
  • German: Widerstand
  • Hungarian: ellenállás
  • Italian: resistenza
  • Japanese: (teikō)
  • Korean: 반항 (banhang)
  • Portuguese: resistência
  • Russian: сопротивление
  • Spanish: resistencia
  • Swedish: motstånd
force that tends to oppose motion
  • German: Widerstand
  • Hungarian: ellenállás
  • Japanese: (teikōryoku)
shortened form of electrical resistance
  • Czech: odpor
  • Finnish: resistanssi
  • German: Widerstand
  • Hungarian: ellenállás
  • Japanese: (teikō)
  • Swedish: resistans
underground organization struggling for liberation
  • Czech: odpor
  • German: Widerstand
  • Hungarian: ellenállás

Extensive Definition

Resistance may refer to:
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Resistance can also refer to:
resistance in Danish: Modstand
resistance in German: Widerstand
resistance in Spanish: Resistencia
resistance in Esperanto: Rezisto
resistance in Basque: Erresistentzia
resistance in French: Résistance
resistance in Korean: 저항
resistance in Croatian: Otpor
resistance in Italian: Resistenza
resistance in Hungarian: Ellenállás
resistance in Dutch: Resistentie
resistance in Japanese: レジスタンス
resistance in Low German: Wedderstand
resistance in Portuguese: Resistência
resistance in Slovenian: Upor
resistance in Turkish: Direnç

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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