rigid

adjective rig·id \ ˈri-jəd \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of rigid

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 a :inflexibly set in opinion
b :strictly observed
  • adheres to a rigid schedule
3 :firmly inflexible rather than lax or indulgent
  • a rigid disciplinarian
4 :precise and accurate in procedure
  • rigid control of the manufacturing process
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.

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Origin and Etymology of rigid

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

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 English Language Learners

rigid

adjective

Definition of rigid for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be bent easily

  • : not easily changed

  • : not willing to change opinions or behavior


RIGID Defined for Kids

rigid

adjective rig·id \ ˈri-jəd \

Definition of rigid for Students

1 :not flexible :stiff
  • rigid plastic
2 :strict 2, severe
  • rigid discipline

rigidly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

rigid

adjective rig·id \ ˈrij-əd \

medical Definition of rigid

:deficient in or devoid of flexibility :characterized by stiffness
  • rigid muscles


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