fix·​i·​ty | \ ˈfik-sə-tē How to pronounce fixity (audio) \
plural fixities

Definition of fixity

1 : the quality or state of being fixed or stable
2 : something that is fixed

Examples of fixity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And painting, in our culture, has the unassailable fixity of a monument. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, "The Master of Unknowing," 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, "Alice Notley and the Art of Not Giving a Damn," 1 Apr. 2020 Typographical fixity preserves, and gives a certain permanence to, written thought. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "The Post-Literate American Presidency," 23 Sep. 2017 To that degree, the fixity of political structures may seem like a vice. James Poulos, Orange County Register, "Technological development must be made to empower us, not control us," 18 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of fixity

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fixity

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

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“Fixity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fixity

formal : the state or quality of not changing

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