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flaccid

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adjective flac·cid \ˈfla-səd also ˈflak-səd\

Simple Definition of flaccid

  • : not firm : not hard or solid

  • : lacking strength or force

Full Definition of flaccid

  1. 1 a :  not firm or stiff; also :  lacking normal or youthful firmness <flaccid muscles> b of a plant part :  deficient in turgor

  2. 2 :  lacking vigor or force <flaccid leadership>

flac·cid·i·ty play \fla(k)-ˈsi-də-tē\ noun
flac·cid·ly play \ˈfla(k)-səd-lē\ adverb

Examples of flaccid

  1. Virgil Thomson, in his review of the evening, called the libretto “flaccid and spineless,” but that is unfair. It is a witty piece of writing. —J. D. McClatchy, New Republic, 29 Nov. 1993

  2. Her hands are long and slim, delicate, as Dorothy's were; her handshake is flaccid, her smile is sweet but unconvincing. —Richard Bausch, Esquire, August 1990

  3. Half must have been, of course, men and women over fifty and their bodies reflected the pull of their character … many a man had a flaccid paunch … —Norman Mailer, Harper's, November 1968

  4. <the flaccid stalks of celery that had been around for far too long>



Origin of flaccid

Latin flaccidus, from flaccus flabby


First Known Use: 1620

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flaccid

play play
adjective flac·cid \ˈflas-əd, ˈflak-səd\

Medical Definition of flaccid

  1. :  not firm or stiff; also :  lacking normal or youthful firmness <flaccid muscles>

  2. flac·cid·i·ty \fla(k)-ˈsid-ət-ē\play play noun, plural flac·cid·i·ties





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