rig·​id | \ ˈri-jəd How to pronounce rigid (audio) \

Definition of rigid

1a : deficient in or devoid of flexibility rigid price controls a rigid bar of metal
b : appearing stiff and unyielding his face rigid with pain
2a : inflexibly set in opinion
b : 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

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Other Words from rigid

rigidly adverb
rigidness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for rigid

rigid, rigorous, strict, stringent mean extremely severe or stern. rigid implies uncompromising inflexibility. rigid rules of conduct rigorous implies the imposition of hardship and difficulty. the rigorous training of recruits strict emphasizes undeviating conformity to rules, standards, or requirements. strict enforcement of the law stringent suggests severe, tight restriction or limitation. stringent standards of admission

synonyms see in addition stiff

Examples of rigid in a Sentence

The patient's legs were rigid. He is a rigid disciplinarian.
Recent Examples on the Web But rigid regulations remain the rule, not the exception. Sandeep Jauhar, WSJ, "The Crushing Burden of Healthcare Microregulation," 28 Apr. 2021 Precautions for the Chappelle event are especially rigid, including mandatory rapid COVID-19 antigen testing for all ticket holders (even for those who’ve received a vaccine) and masks worn at all times inside the venue. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Dave Chappelle live shows announced at Foxwoods," 25 Mar. 2021 Because of California’s rigid COVID-19 regulations, the Mavericks couldn’t leave their hotel and rarely left their rooms, aside to play and practice in Staples Center. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "3 thoughts on Mavs’ 51-point win over Clippers: Luka Doncic, Dallas show record-setting rhythm and potential," 27 Dec. 2020 Her new plan was more rigid about allowable out-of-network costs, and the insurer wanted a different doctor to perform the next surgery. Julianne Pepitone, NBC News, "Jean Chatzky: What my son's heart condition taught me about finance," 5 Nov. 2020 Still, not every member of the royal family finds the rigid schedules so stressful. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Compared Being Royal to Having to Attend a Wedding "Every Day of Your Life — as the Bride"," 17 Oct. 2020 There is one area where boundaries are a little less rigid than those between roommates or co-workers. Washington Post, "When your co-worker is your roommate, and making bad choices," 15 Oct. 2020 And plenty of employees don't have rigid work schedules. Terri Gerstein For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Gig companies want to change the rules about who qualifies as an employee. Here's why they're wrong," 14 Oct. 2020 In the spring, remote learning was more flexible, but now teachers in North East and many other school districts have more rigid schedules that include set videoconferencing hours with students. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "Some teachers in San Antonio will give virtual lessons from empty classrooms because of the coronavirus," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of rigid

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rigid

Middle English rigide, from Latin rigidus, from rigēre to be stiff

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The first known use of rigid was in the 15th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Rigid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigid. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rigid

: not able to be bent easily
: not easily changed
: not willing to change opinions or behavior


rig·​id | \ ˈri-jəd How to pronounce rigid (audio) \

Kids Definition of rigid

1 : not flexible : stiff rigid plastic
2 : strict sense 2, severe rigid discipline

Other Words from rigid

rigidly adverb


rig·​id | \ ˈrij-əd How to pronounce rigid (audio) \

Medical Definition of rigid

: deficient in or devoid of flexibility : characterized by stiffness rigid muscles

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