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The seemingly obstinate behavior on the part of inanimate objects
When the computer refused to power up, even though it had worked just fine 10 minutes ago and he knew nothing had changed, he chalked it up to a bad case of resistentialism.
ayon kay ray tuley ika-08 ng Mayo, 2007
Resistentialism is a humorous theory to describe "seemingly spiteful behavior manifested by inanimate objects." In other words, a war is being fought between humans and inanimate objects, and all the little annoyances objects give people throughout the day are battles between the two.

The term was coined by humorist Paul Jennings in a piece titled "Report on Resistentialism", published in The Spectator in 1948 and reprinted in The New York Times.

The slogan of Resistentialism is "Les choses sont contre nous" -- "Things are against us"
Cases of Resistentialism:

Missing car keys: they have moved of their own accord and by means quite unobservable in order to spite you... Resistentialism!

When a bouncy ball escapes down the road: it may seem innocent but the ball knows all too well that the centre of the spectacle is that poor chap grasping helplessly in its wake... Resistentialism!

Be on the watch my fellow humans!
ayon kay Crescentpics ika-05 ng Mayo, 2011
The seemingly spiteful behavior manifested by inanimate objects.
A great example of Resistentialism:

"Christ, the dumb insolence of inanimate objects! He could never understand what was 'in it' for inanimate objects, behaving as they did. What was 'in it' for the doorknob that hooked your jacket as you passed? What was 'in it' for the jacket pocket?" --Martin Amis, "The Information
ayon kay Craic Shack ika-10 ng Marso, 2006
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