ri·​gid·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈji-də-tē How to pronounce rigidity (audio) \
plural rigidities

Definition of rigidity

1 : the quality or state of being rigid
2 : 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 Fully adjustable arm boards are made from 5/8-inch 6061 aluminum for rigidity and grounding. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 June 2022 That rigidity by most Republicans for the past decade has contributed to a sense of gloomy inevitability among Democrats in Congress and at the White House. Michael D. Shear, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2022 That rigidity by most Republicans for the past decade has contributed to a sense of gloomy inevitability among Democrats in Congress and at the White House. New York Times, 28 May 2022 Strut braces were added at the front and rear for better torsional rigidity and steering responsiveness. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 2 Feb. 2022 The sandwich construction—with a foam core and layers of fiberglass, epoxy, and wood for rigidity—is extremely durable. Mark Anders, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 Immigrants and children being forced into labor, as well as the violence that is inflicted on humans by other humans, not just through physical means but even through the loss of language or the rigidity of language. Michele Filgate, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2022 He felt oppressed by human structure, the routine and monotony of human life and the rigidity of time and schedules. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 29 May 2022 But showrunner Oseman doesn't have to stick to the rigidity of following her graphic novels' existing plotlines alone. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rigidity

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rigidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigidity. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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ri·​gid·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈjid-ət-ē How to pronounce rigidity (audio) \
plural rigidities

Medical Definition of rigidity

: the quality or state of being rigid: as
a : abnormal stiffness of muscle muscle rigidity symptomatic of Parkinson's disease— Diane Gershon
b : emotional inflexibility and resistance to change

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