I. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. an act or instance of resisting ; opposition b. a means of resisting 2. the power or capacity to resist: as a. the inherent ability of an organism to resist harmful influences (as disease, toxic agents, or infection) b. the capacity of a species or strain of microorganism to survive exposure to a toxic agent (as a drug) formerly effective against it 3. an opposing or retarding force 4. a. the opposition offered by a body or substance to the passage through it of a steady electric current b. a source of resistance 5. a psychological defense mechanism wherein a patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes the therapeutic efforts of a psychotherapist 6. often capitalized an underground organization of a conquered or nearly conquered country engaging in sabotage and secret operations against occupation forces and collaborators II. adjective Date: 1976 of, relating to, or being exercise involving pushing against a source of resistance (as a weight) to increase strength <
resistance training

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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