ri·​gid·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈji-də-tē \
plural rigidities

Definition of rigidity

1 : the quality or state of being rigid
2 : one that is rigid (as in form or conduct)

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Examples of rigidity in a Sentence

sometimes the rigidity of the headmaster's discipline was deemed excessive by even much of the faculty

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The symptoms here might involve a tremor, a shuffling gait, a sense of being slowed, some rigidity, and limited emotional expression. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "11 Side Effects of Antipsychotics You Should Know About," 7 Dec. 2018 Typical antipsychotics tend to cause more neurological side effects that affect physical movement, like muscle rigidity, spasms, tremors, tics, and restlessness, according to the NIMH. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Things You Should Know About Taking Antipsychotic Drugs," 7 Dec. 2018 This extra measure of rigidity, the hammer-like sensation in your palms, really is only evoked when the car is traveling at high speed, like about 210 kmh, or about 130 mph. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S: More Car Than Anyone Could Ever Enjoy," 5 Dec. 2018 Other scientists confirmed that dopamine is depleted in people with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative condition that causes tremors and rigidity, and L-dopa soon became the standard treatment for the illness. Denise Gellene, New York Times, "Arvid Carlsson, Who Discovered a Treatment for Parkinson’s, Dies at 95," 1 July 2018 There is a solidity to 4, however, that can quickly devolve into rigidity; 4 must remember that rules are meant to enhance, not inhibit. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 At their runway show last February, the sisters said they were influenced by uniforms, and that applies here, though there’s none of the rigidity that that concept implies. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Row’s Premier Menswear Collection Will Land in Stores in October," 27 Aug. 2018 But defensive errors and tactical rigidity soon came to the fore as poor displays followed against Iran, Morocco and Russia. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Former Barça coach Enrique tasked with reviving Spain," 9 July 2018 The disease causes tremors, walking and balance problems, and muscle rigidity. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell announces he has Parkinson's disease," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of rigidity

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ri·​gid·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈjid-ət-ē \
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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