I think that you're making a case for using definition 1.
Others are using definition 2 perhaps?
You're probably right.
To me there is a clear difference between being able to resist force (area 1)and doing something to make less force come in (area 2).
I think we started out talking about area 1 and as the conversation has gone on, everyone is more interested in talking about area 2 now. My need to stay on task has probably made me get out of touch with the conversation.