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English noun: resistance

1. resistance (act) the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with

SamplesHe encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens.
Despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead.


Broader (hypernym)action

Narrower (hyponym)anti-takeover defense, lockout, reaction

2. resistance (phenomenon) any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion

Broader (hypernym)mechanical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)acoustic impedance, acoustic reactance, acoustic resistance, drag, friction, retarding force, rubbing

3. resistance (phenomenon) a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms

Synonymselectric resistance, electrical resistance, impedance, ohmic resistance, resistivity

Broader (hypernym)electrical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)ohmage

4. resistance (act) the military action of resisting the enemy's advance

SamplesThe enemy offered little resistance.

Broader (hypernym)action, military action

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

5. resistance (state) (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease


Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)acquired immunity, immunogenicity, innate immunity, natural immunity

Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

6. resistance (state) the capacity of an organism to defend itself against harmful environmental agents

SamplesThese trees are widely planted because of their resistance to salt and smog.

Broader (hypernym)capability, capacity

7. resistance (group) a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force


Broader (hypernym)revolutionary group

Narrower (hyponym)Maquis

8. resistance (attribute) the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)

Broader (hypernym)deadness, unresponsiveness

Domain categorybacteria, bacterium

9. resistance (attribute) (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness

Broader (hypernym)involuntariness, unwillingness

Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

10. resistance (artifact) an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current


Broader (hypernym)electrical device

Narrower (hyponym)ballast, ballast resistor, barretter, potential divider, rheostat, variable resistor, voltage divider

Part meronymcircuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit

11. resistance (act) group action in opposition to those in power

Broader (hypernym)group action

Narrower (hyponym)confrontation, contravention, defiance, dispute, dissent, insubordination, objection, obstructionism, opposition, protest, rebellion, rebelliousness, sales resistance

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