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Definitions of resistance

  1. a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms
  2. ( medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease
  3. 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"
  4. the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; " the enemy offered little resistance"
  5. group action in opposition to those in power
  6. an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current
  7. ( psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness
  8. the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease- causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs ( as in penicillin- resistant bacteria)
  9. a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force
  10. any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
  11. The act of resisting; opposition, passive or active.
  12. The quality of not yielding to force or external pressure; that power of a body which acts in opposition to the impulse or pressure of another, or which prevents the effect of another power; as, the resistance of the air to a body passing through it; the resistance of a target to projectiles.
  13. A means or method of resisting; that which resists.
  14. A certain hindrance or opposition to the passage of an electrical current or discharge offered by conducting bodies. It bears an inverse relation to the conductivity, -- good conductors having a small resistance, while poor conductors or insulators have a very high resistance. The unit of resistance is the ohm.
  15. The act of opposing; a striving against; any force that works against another; the amount of power possessed by a body to oppose the passage through it of an electric current.
  16. Resistant.
  17. 1. A passive force exerted in opposition to another and active force. 2. The opposition in a conductor to the passage of a current of electricity, whereby there is a loss of energy and a production of heat. 3. The power residing in the red blood cells to resist hemolysis and to preserve their shape under varying degrees of osmotic pressure in the liquor sanguinis.
  18. Act of resisting: opposition: ( mech.) the power of a body which acts in opposition to the impulse of another.
  19. Act of resisting; opposition.
  20. The act of resisting; opposition; that power of a body which acts in opposition to the impulse or pressure of another, or which prevents the effect of another power.
  21. Opposition; hindrance; the powers by which motion in a body is diminished or destroyed.
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Quotes of resistance

  1. Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States. It helps those who oppose the war when you challenge the policy to develop their arguments. – Peter Arnett
  2. There's something on the Internet called the White Resistance Manual. It's pretty much for white supremacists. – Sherman Austin
  3. Few new truths have ever won their way against the resistance of established ideas save by being overstated. – Isaiah Berlin
  4. Better still- your history has shown how powerful a moral catharsis expressed through popular resistance to injustice can sometimes be; I have in mind the grassroots opposition to the Vietnam War. – Breyten Breytenbach
  5. If I have resistance to something, it means there's something wrong. The resistance to me is a sign of fear. – Billy Corgan
  6. The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. – John Dewey
  7. The progressive movement against the war of occupation in Iraq is a reason for hope, as is resistance to free trade agreements in Latin America. Those are moments that we have to celebrate: that people still find the resolve and energy to resist. – Danny Glover
  8. In most of the European countries- France stands out in its resistance to this particular form of American cultural imperialism- the national film industries were forced onto the defensive after the war by such binding agreements. – Fredric Jameson
  9. It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection, or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is important. – Ian Mcewan
  10. Through the years of experience I have found that air offers less resistance than dirt. – Jack Nicklaus
  11. I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights against American imperialism, just as the resistance movement fought against Hitler. – Paul Robeson
  12. Dr. King used Gandhi's commitment to non -violence and to passive resistance – Al Sharpton
  13. I've always traveled with a picture of my daughter from 1989, her kindergarten school picture, that has 'I love you, Daddy' written on it. She's always made fun of me because I never changed that picture out. It's like my resistance to her getting older. It was the first thing she'd ever written to me and it means the world to me. – Kiefer Sutherland
  14. I rolled myself up into a tight ball of resistance and it was thus that I went through my school years. – Sigrid Undset
  15. But nobody predicted anything of this magnitude in terms of resistance And in part, the magnitude of the resistance was spurred by our failures in reconstruction. – Wayne White

Usage examples for resistance

  1. Resistance would have been useless. – The Master of the World by Jules Verne
  2. Forrester was a young fellow full of pluck, and made a desperate resistance when, a boy, he was first arrested in Dublin. – The Life Story of an Old Rebel by John Denvir
  3. She gave me no resistance admitted her absence from the Thornhill house at about the time the party was ready to start for San Francisco- Edwards, of course. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  4. Flight was cut off, and of course resistance was hopeless. – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray
  5. He appeared to have got control of his temper, and offered no further resistance – Fighting for the Right by Oliver Optic
  6. A faint resistance is now made, as by men whom fear alone prevented from running away. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius
  7. Do not make a resistance – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  8. Then one by one the Frenchmen commenced to fall, and on reaching the enemy line the French company immediately on the right of the Battalion met with strong resistance – The Story of the "9th King's" in France by Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
  9. And even already she felt that resistance brought its own reward. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  10. Thus committed against a decent show of resistance the young minister did eat a little here and there of what was set before him, and was human enough to regret frankly that he could not eat more. – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  11. Preparations were, however, made for a desperate resistance – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  12. He hung far forward over the fork of his saddle, leaning low to offer the least possible resistance to the wind. – "I Conquered" by Harold Titus
  13. The forces of the King were few in number, and were not well placed for the purpose of making any considerable resistance – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  14. And you won't offer any resistance – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  15. No single law of these early years would have caused its proper part of the resistance which all of them in fact brought about. – Beginnings of the American People by Carl Lotus Becker
  16. Still he saw disappointment in her tense resistance – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  17. But in that silence something seemed to tell Faith how useless was her resistance how truly he had spoken when he said that he was her master. – The Beggar Man by Ruby Mildred Ayres
  18. You won't gain anything by resistance – The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
  19. The end may be reached more directly, not by breaking the resistance but by giving it a different direction. – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  20. Further resistance was useless. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas by Prescott, William Hickling