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3 having a consistency that does not easily yield to pressure
  • rigid steel bars that should be able to hold the weight

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4 incapable of or highly resistant to bending
  • corsets, those rigid undergarments for women, must have been murder to wear

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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

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How is the word rigid distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of rigid are rigorous, strict, and stringent. While all these words mean "extremely severe or stern," rigid implies uncompromising inflexibility.

rigid rules of conduct

When would rigorous be a good substitute for rigid?

The synonyms rigorous and rigid are sometimes interchangeable, but rigorous implies the imposition of hardship and difficulty.

the rigorous training of recruits

When might strict be a better fit than rigid?

The words strict and rigid can be used in similar contexts, but strict emphasizes undeviating conformity to rules, standards, or requirements.

strict enforcement of the law

When could stringent be used to replace rigid?

Although the words stringent and rigid have much in common, stringent suggests severe, tight restriction or limitation.

stringent standards of admission

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

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“Rigid.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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