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resistance

noun uk   us   /rɪˈzɪs.təns/
C2 [U] the act of fighting against something that is attacking you, or refusing to accept something: resistance to disease Government troops offered no resistance (to the rebels). There's a lot of resistance (= opposition) to the idea of a united Europe. [U] a force that acts to stop the progress of something or make it slower: The car's speed was reduced by air/wind resistance. [C or U] specialized physics the degree to which a substance prevents the flow of an electric current through it: Copper has (a) low resistance.
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in Korean 저항…
in Arabic مُقاوَمة, اِمْتِناع…
in Portuguese resistência…
in Catalan resistència…
in Japanese 反対, 抵抗…
in Italian resistenza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 抵抗, 反抗, 反對…
in Russian сопротивление, сопротивляемость…
in Turkish karşı koyma, muhalefet, direnç…
in Chinese (Simplified) 抵抗, 反抗, 反对…
in Polish opór, odporność…
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