Definition of rigid
1a : deficient in or devoid of flexibility rigid price controls a rigid bar of metalb : appearing stiff and unyielding his face rigid with pain
2a : inflexibly set in opinionb : 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
Examples of rigid in a Sentence
The patient's legs were rigid.
He is a rigid disciplinarian.
Recent Examples of rigid from the Web
Why is class conflict more taboo in the United States, a nation dreamed up with at least a bit of rhetoric about throwing off the rigid class structure of Europe?
Britain’s rigid class system has always bred resentments, and the political establishment’s proffering of data seemed like a haughty rejoinder to the Leavers’ invigorating slogans.
For years after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the F.B.I. used Al Qaeda’s rigid hierarchy against the terrorist group.
The recognizable geometric shapes, stringent symmetry and acceptable flora established in French gardens had remained unchallenged for centuries; Burle Marx abandoned the rigid layouts and began to use local plants.
said General Manager Mike Rizzo, who hired Baker last fall to replace Matt Williams, who had not connected well with players and had been too rigid with game management.
As the nation’s first indigenous leader, Mr. Morales transformed Bolivia’s rigid socioeconomic structure by spreading the wealth of a commodities boom.
Not being ideologically rigid in the face of problems and needs, that all matters.
Clinton has had a strict policy against interfering with the Fed, including a rigid stand against anyone in the administration uttering even a peep about the Fed's business.
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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
synonyms see in addition stiff
RIGID Defined for English Language Learners
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
Medical Definition of rigid
: deficient in or devoid of flexibility : characterized by stiffness rigid muscles
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