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A.Word.A.Day--resile

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resile (ri-ZYL) verb intr.

1. To rebound or recoil.
2. To shrink, withdraw, or retreat.

[From obsolete French resilir, from Latin resilire (to spring back).]

"Once there is such a respite, they could engage in a meaningful dialogue with the Andolan* on how both sides could resile from their hardened positions and strike a compromise."
Darryl D'Monte; Storm in Narmada Valley; The Independent (Bangladesh); Aug 6, 1999.
* From Hindi Andolan (agitation, protest)

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