fix·​i·​ty ˈfik-sə-tē How to pronounce fixity (audio)
plural fixities
: the quality or state of being fixed or stable
: something that is fixed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944 ushered in a system of international exchange-rate fixity and stability. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 The earth was stamped with cloud shadows that gave an impression both of movement and fixity — a rich, dark earth with an inner seam that showed red and metallic in places. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 And painting, in our culture, has the unassailable fixity of a monument. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 25 Apr. 2020 Notley’s work seems to suggest that correctives to the old narratives are possible but also that real fixity is always out of reach. David Wallace, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2020 Typographical fixity preserves, and gives a certain permanence to, written thought. Jeet Heer, New Republic, 23 Sep. 2017 To that degree, the fixity of political structures may seem like a vice. James Poulos, Orange County Register, 18 Feb. 2017 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Medieval Latin fīxitāt-, fīxitās, from Latin fīxus "firmly established, unchangeable" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fixity was in 1666

Cite this Entry

“Fixity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


fix·​i·​ty ˈfik-sət-ē How to pronounce fixity (audio)
plural fixities
: the quality or state of being fixed
: something that is fixed
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