Advertisement

resile (v.)

1520s, "to draw back," of persons, from obsolete French resiler "withdraw from an agreement," or directly from Latin resilire "to jump back" (see resilience). The meaning "spring back, start back, recoil" (of material things, especially elastic bodies) is from 1708. Related: Resiled; resiling.

Others are reading

Advertisement
Definitions of resile from WordNet

resile (v.)
pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.;
The landlord cannot resile from the lease
resile (v.)
spring back; spring away from an impact;
These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide
Synonyms: bounce / take a hop / spring / bound / rebound / recoil / reverberate / ricochet
resile (v.)
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure;
Synonyms: abjure / recant / forswear / retract
resile (v.)
return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed;
The rubber tubes resile
From wordnet.princeton.edu