West Virginians have experienced a variety of disasters throughout the years. While these disasters have devastated communities and families, one thing has remained ever present, the fact that West Virginians bounce back. The people have demonstrated a resilient spirit against at times heavy odds. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has two entries for the word “resilient”. First, the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress. Second, an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
Source: “Resilience.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resilience.