Jonathan Cutrell

A term that describes something that gets better with stress.

Generally, living beings are considered antifragile.

In direct contrast, something fragile breaks easily under stress.

Of note, this designation is not the same as being resilient; resilient means remaining close to an equilibrium under stress.

Anti-fragility is marked specifically by improvement under stress.


Jonathan Cutrell

Written by Jonathan Cutrell, engineer at Clearbit and podcast host at Developer Tea. You can follow him on Twitter at @jcutrell.