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resistant (adj.)

early 15c., resistent, "making resistance or opposition," from present-participle stem of Latin resistere "make a stand against, oppose" (see resist). In later use from from French résistant, present participle of résister. In reference to the condition of not being overcome by diseases or drugs, from 1897.

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Definitions of resistant from WordNet

resistant (adj.)
relating to or conferring immunity (to disease or infection);
Synonyms: immune
resistant (adj.)
able to tolerate environmental conditions or physiological stress;
the new hybrid is more resistant to drought
Synonyms: tolerant
resistant (adj.)
impervious to being affected;
resistant to the effects of heat
resistant to persuasion
resistant (adj.)
disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority;
Synonyms: insubordinate / resistive
resistant (adj.)
incapable of absorbing or mixing with;
plastic highly resistant to steam and water
Synonyms: repellent
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