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rigid

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of rigid

  1. 1 not allowing for any exceptions or loosening of standards rigid enforcement of drug laws Synonyms of rigid brassbound, cast-iron, exacting, hard-line, inflexible, rigorous, strict, stringent, uncompromising Words Related to rigid close, conscientious, exact, fussy, meticulous, painstaking, punctilious, scrupulous, undeviating; adamant, adamantine, determined, dogged, firm, relentless, resolved, single-minded, steadfast, stubborn, tenacious, unbending, unflinching; immovable, implacable, unappeasable, unrelenting, unsparing, unyielding; austere, demanding, flinty, grim, hard, hardened, hard-hearted, harsh, ironbound, severe, stern, tough Near Antonyms of rigid acquiescent, compliant, compromising, pliable, pliant, relenting, yielding; easy, easygoing, gentle, indulgent, kindly, lenient, merciful, mild, pampering, soft, spoiling, tolerant; neglectful, negligent, remiss, slipshod, sloppy, slovenly, unfussy Antonyms of rigid flexible, lax, loose, relaxed, slack

  2. 2 given to exacting standards of discipline and self-restraint a rigid man who cannot seem to relax Synonyms of rigid austere, authoritarian, flinty, hard, harsh, heavy-handed, ramrod, severe, rigorous, stern, strict, toughWords Related to rigid demanding, exacting; uncharitable, unforgiving; adamant, adamantine, callous, hardened, hard-hearted, hard-line, immovable, implacable, inflexible, merciless, ossified, pitiless, relentless, rock-ribbed, stiff, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unsparing, unyielding; dour, gruff; ascetic (also ascetical), monastic, monkish; browbeating, bullying; determined, firm, resolved, single-minded, steadfast, unflinching; dogged, intractable, obstinate, relentlessNear Antonyms of rigid easy, easygoing, laid-back, undemanding; charitable, kind, merciful, mild, patient, soft, softhearted; accepting, compromising, yielding; responsive, willing; acquiescent, agreeable, amenable, complaisant, compliant, flexible, pliable, pliantAntonyms of rigid clement, forbearing, gentle, indulgent, lax, lenient, tolerant

  3. 3 having a consistency that does not easily yield to pressure rigid steel bars that should be able to hold the weight Synonyms of rigid compact, hard, firm, solid, stiff, unyieldingWords Related to rigid case-hardened, compacted, compressed, hardened, indurated, stiffened, tempered; close, dense, heavy, thick, thickset; inelastic, inflexible, ramrod, unbending; compressed, condensed; adamantine, rocklike; sturdy, substantial; impenetrable, impermeable, nonporousNear Antonyms of rigid loose, scattered, thin; bendable, elastic, flexible, malleable, pliable, pliant, supple; droopy, flaccid, floppy, lank, limp, slack; airy, light; permeable, porous; ultrasoftAntonyms of rigid flabby, soft, spongy, squashy, squishy

  4. 4 incapable of or highly resistant to bending corsets, those rigid undergarments for women, must have been murder to wear Synonyms of rigid inflexible, stiff, stiffened, unyieldingWords Related to rigid inelastic; firm, hard, solid, sound, strong; brittle, crisp; compact, dense, substantial; arthritic, rheumatic; nonelastic, nonmalleableNear Antonyms of rigid elastic, resilient, springy, stretchy, workable; malleable, plastic; semiflexible; droopy, flabby, flaccid, mushy, semisoft, soft, squashy, squishy; lank, limber, limp, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, willowyAntonyms of rigid flexible, floppy, pliable, pliant, supple, yielding

  5. 5 stretched with little or no give make sure that the clothesline is rigid so that the longer garments don't drag on the ground Synonyms of rigid taut, tense, tightWords Related to rigid firm, inflexible, stiff, tightened, unrelaxed, unyieldingNear Antonyms of rigid drooping, droopy, flaccid, floppy, hanging, lank, limp, loosened, relaxed, sagging, slackened, yielding; elastic, flexible, pliant, resilient, springy, stretchy, suppleAntonyms of rigid lax, loose, slack

Synonym Discussion of 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


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