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NOUN (11)

1. the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with;
- Example: "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"
- Example: "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
[syn: resistance, opposition]

2. any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion;

3. a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms;
[syn: electric resistance, electrical resistance, impedance, resistance, resistivity, ohmic resistance]

4. the military action of resisting the enemy's advance;
- Example: "the enemy offered little resistance"

5. (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease;
[syn: immunity, resistance]

6. the capacity of an organism to defend itself against harmful environmental agents;
- Example: "these trees are widely planted because of their resistance to salt and smog"

7. a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force;
[syn: underground, resistance]

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

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

10. an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current;
[syn: resistor, resistance]

11. group action in opposition to those in power;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Resistance \Re*sist"ance\ (-ans), n. [F. r['e]sistance, LL. resistentia, fr. resistens, -entis, p. pr. See Resist.] 1. The act of resisting; opposition, passive or active. [1913 Webster] When King Demetrius saw that . . . no resistance was made against him, he sent away all his forces. --1. Macc. xi. 38. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physics) 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. [1913 Webster] 3. A means or method of resisting; that which resists. [1913 Webster] Unfold to us some warlike resistance. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. (Elec.) 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. [1913 Webster] Resistance box (Elec.), a rheostat consisting of a box or case containing a number of resistance coils of standard values so arranged that they can be combined in various ways to afford more or less resistance. Resistance coil (Elec.), a coil of wire introduced into an electric circuit to increase the resistance. Solid of least resistance (Mech.), a solid of such a form as to experience, in moving in a fluid, less resistance than any other solid having the same base, height, and volume. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

resistance n 1: 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" [syn: resistance, opposition] 2: any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion 3: a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms [syn: electric resistance, electrical resistance, impedance, resistance, resistivity, ohmic resistance] 4: the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; "the enemy offered little resistance" 5: (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease [syn: immunity, resistance] 6: the capacity of an organism to defend itself against harmful environmental agents; "these trees are widely planted because of their resistance to salt and smog" 7: a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force [syn: underground, resistance] 8: the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria) 9: (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness 10: an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current [syn: resistor, resistance] 11: group action in opposition to those in power
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

298 Moby Thesaurus words for "resistance": Charley, VC, Vietcong, acquired immunity, active immunity, alienation, antagonism, antibody, antigen, antipathy, arrest, arrestation, arrestment, artificial immunity, autism, autistic thinking, averseness, aversion, avoidance mechanism, avoidance reaction, backlash, backwardness, base resistance, blame-shifting, block, blockage, blocking, bucking, bushfighter, bushwhacker, callosity, callousness, capacitive reactance, casual, censorship, challenge, check, clashing, clogging, closing up, closure, coefficient of friction, cohesiveness, collision, compensation, conflict, confutation, congenital immunity, constriction, contention, contradiction, contraposition, contrariety, contravention, contraversion, contumaciousness, contumacy, counteraction, counterposition, counterworking, cramp, crankiness, crosscurrent, crossing, crotchetiness, cursoriness, decompensation, defence, defense, defense in depth, defense mechanism, defenses, defiance, delay, denial, density, dereism, dereistic thinking, detainment, detention, deterrent capacity, disagreement, disinclination, disobedience, displacement, disrelish, dissent, dissociation, distaste, drag, durability, durity, ego defenses, electric resistance, emitter resistance, emotional insulation, escape, escape into fantasy, escape mechanism, escapism, familial immunity, fantasizing, fantasy, fixation, flight, flintiness, fluid friction, foot-dragging, force of friction, force of viscosity, forward transfer resistance, fractiousness, friction, friction head, friction loss, frictional resistance, grudging consent, grudgingness, guard, guerillas, guerrilla, hampering, hardiness, hardness, hardness of heart, head wind, hindering, hindrance, holdback, holdup, immunity, immunization, impedance, impediment, impenetrability, impugnation, impugnment, incorrigibility, indisposedness, indisposition, indocility, indomitability, inductive reactance, induration, infrangibility, inherent immunity, inherited immunity, inhibition, input resistance, insuppressibility, interference, internal friction, interruption, intractability, intractableness, intransigence, irregular, irrepressibility, isolation, kick, lack of enthusiasm, lack of zeal, lastingness, leatherlikeness, let, magnetic reluctance, maquis, maquisard, mutinousness, natural immunity, negation, negative taxis, negativism, nolition, nonconformity, nonspecific immunity, nonsusceptibility to disease, nuisance value, obduracy, obstinacy, obstreperousness, obstruction, obstructionism, occlusion, ohm, ohmage, opposing, opposition, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, oppugnation, opsonic immunity, output resistance, overcompensation, partisan, passive immunity, perfunctoriness, perverseness, phagocytic immunity, projection, protection, psychological block, psychological defenses, psychotaxis, racial immunity, rationalization, reactance, reaction, rebelliousness, rebutment, rebuttal, recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, recoil, refractoriness, refusal, rejection, reluctance, reluctivity, renitence, renitency, repercussion, repression, repugnance, resistance fighter, restiveness, restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment, revolt, rolling friction, ropiness, self-defense, self-preservation, self-protection, setback, shrewishness, skin effect, skin friction, sliding friction, slip friction, slowness, sociological adjustive reactions, solidity, specific immunity, specific reluctance, squeeze, stamina, standing against, starting friction, static friction, steeliness, stiffness, stoniness, stranglehold, strength, stricture, stringiness, stubbornness, sublimation, substitution, sulk, sulkiness, sulks, sullenness, suppression, surface resistance, swimming upstream, tenacity, the defensive, toughness, toxin-antitoxin immunity, traversal, unbreakability, unbreakableness, uncontrollability, undercurrent, underground, underground fighter, unenthusiasm, ungovernability, unmalleability, unmanageability, unmoldableness, unruliness, unsubmissiveness, untamableness, unwillingness, viscidity, vitality, volume resistance, ward, wildness, wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking, withdrawal
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

RESISTANCE. The opposition of force to force. 2. Resistance is either lawful or unlawful. 1. It is lawful to resist one who is in the act of committing a felony or other crime, or who maliciously endeavors to commit such felony or crime. See self defence. And a man may oppose force to force against one who endeavors to make an arrest, or to enter his house without lawful authority for the purpose; or, if in certain cases he abuse such authority, and do more than he was authorized to do; or if it turn out in the result he has no right to enter, then the party about to be imprisoned, or whose house is about to be illegally entered, may resist the illegal imprisonment or entry by self-defence, not using any dangerous weapons, and may escape, be rescued, or even break prison, and others may assist him in so doing. 5 Taunt. 765; 1 B. & Adol, 166; 1 East, P. C. 295; 5 East, 304; 1 Chit. Pr. 634. See Regular and Irregular Process. 3.-2. Resistance is unlawful when the persons having a lawful authority to arrest, apprehend, or imprison, or otherwise to advance or execute the public justice of the country, either civil or criminal, and using the proper means for that purpose, are resisted in so doing; and if the party guilty of such resistance, or others assisting him, be killed in the struggle, such homicide is justifiable; while on the other hand, if the officer be killed, it will, at common law, be murder in those who resist. Fost. 270; 1 Hale, 457; 1 East, P. C. 305.