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adjective rig·id \ˈri-jəd\

Simple Definition of rigid

  • : not able to be bent easily

  • : not easily changed

  • : not willing to change opinions or behavior

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rigid

  1. 1 a :  deficient in or devoid of flexibility <rigid price controls> <a rigid bar of metal> b :  appearing stiff and unyielding <his face rigid with pain>

  2. 2 a :  inflexibly set in opinion b :  strictly observed <adheres to a rigid schedule>

  3. 3 :  firmly inflexible rather than lax or indulgent <a rigid disciplinarian>

  4. 4 :  precise and accurate in procedure <rigid control of the manufacturing process>

  5. 5 of an airship :  having the outer shape maintained by a fixed framework

rigidly

adverb

rigidness

noun

Examples of rigid in a sentence

  1. The patient's legs were rigid.

  2. He is a rigid disciplinarian.



Origin and Etymology of rigid

Middle English rigide, from Latin rigidus, from rigēre to be stiff


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of rigid

rigid, rigorous, strict, stringent mean extremely severe or stern. rigid implies uncompromising inflexibility <rigid rules of conduct>. rigorous implies the imposition of hardship and difficulty <the rigorous training of recruits>. strict emphasizes undeviating conformity to rules, standards, or requirements <strict enforcement of the law>. stringent suggests severe, tight restriction or limitation <stringent standards of admission>.

synonyms see in addition stiff


RIGID Defined for Kids

rigid

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adjective rig·id \ˈri-jəd\

Definition of rigid for Students

  1. 1 :  not flexible :  stiff <rigid plastic>

  2. 2 :  strict 2, severe <rigid discipline>

rigidly

adverb



Medical Dictionary

rigid

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adjective rig·id \ˈrij-əd\

Medical Definition of rigid

  1. :  deficient in or devoid of flexibility :  characterized by stiffness <rigid muscles>





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