I read a sentence which was:

In a sense these variations are reflective of the complex processes that shaped early social histories --- through dialogues between dominant traditions and resilient local ideas and practices.

According to Merriam Webster dictionaries, it means - tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change But that doesn't fit here for me. So, what am I missing?


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@Weather Vane made a good point.

A resilient idea is strong, firm, and not easily damaged by being influenced.

A resilient idea can be profound or transcendent so it's hard to reason against it.

A resilient idea can be well-supported by the masses so it's challenging to prove it wrong.

This resilient idea has led some historians to paint a completely false picture of these years.

The entire work is driven relentlessly by one resilient idea.

Nevertheless, expenditure taxation is a resilient idea that has become more and more popular in recent years.

We can also understand how China, an ancient empire with a history of several thousand years, could retain its resilient idea of "China" throughout the turbulent changes in dynasties.

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