ri·​gid·​i·​ty rə-ˈji-də-tē How to pronounce rigidity (audio)
plural rigidities
: the quality or state of being rigid
: one that is rigid (as in form or conduct)

Examples of rigidity in a Sentence

sometimes the rigidity of the headmaster's discipline was deemed excessive by even much of the faculty
Recent Examples on the Web Our enemy is not a person, but rather a mindset—a form of extremist thinking that replaces curiosity with rigidity, compassion with judgmental blame, and courage with fear of the other. Daniel Lubetzky, Fortune, 14 May 2024 The suspension follows the same multi-link layout front and rear as the previous Vantage, though adjustments have been made to improve steering stiffness by 35 percent and the body’s overall torsional rigidity by seven percent. Angus MacKenzie, Robb Report, 12 May 2024 Flexible performance assessments: KPIs are a cause of rigidity in most corporations. Ram Charan, Fortune, 7 May 2024 By contrast, there is a dangerous rigidity to be found in the idea that concern for the dreadful situation of the hostages is somehow in opposition to, or incompatible with, the demand for a ceasefire. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, 5 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rigidity 

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Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rigidity was in 1624

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“Rigidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigidity. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


ri·​gid·​i·​ty rə-ˈjid-ət-ē How to pronounce rigidity (audio)
plural rigidities
: the quality or state of being rigid: as
: abnormal stiffness of muscle
muscle rigidity symptomatic of Parkinson's diseaseDiane Gershon
: emotional inflexibility and resistance to change

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