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)

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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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Also like the Ram, the Sierra is comparatively lighter overall (up to 360 pounds) with greater torsional rigidity. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 The struts add rigidity to the frame and help prevent swaying and wobbling. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Treehouse in the Backyard," 23 Jan. 2019 Ultimately, the risk is an excess of political correctness and perceived rigidity. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "The still-raging controversy over Al Franken’s resignation, explained," 21 May 2018 If using softwood, such as pine or cedar, consider cutting the parts slightly thicker and wider to give the bed frame the necessary strength and rigidity. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 Image To understand the rigidity — and some would say absurdity — of Sweden’s alcohol laws, step inside a Systembolaget, a government-run liquor store, on a Saturday afternoon. New York Times, "The Buzz in Stockholm Is Craft Beer With Less Buzz," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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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 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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