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flaccid

[flak-sid, flas-id]
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adjective
  1. soft and limp; not firm; flabby: flaccid biceps.
  2. lacking force; weak: flaccid prose.

Origin of flaccid

1610–20; < Latin flaccidus flabby, equivalent to flacc(ēre) to grow weak, languish + -idus -id4
Related formsflac·cid·i·ty, flac·cid·ness, nounflac·cid·ly, adverb
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  • He lifted his head and sniffed the flaccid air, which was laden with a heavy odour.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • That the Intermediatist is likely to be a flaccid compromiser.

  • He felt weak and shaky but resentment energized his flaccid muscles.

    The Stars, My Brothers

    Edmond Hamilton

  • His flaccid mind had never questioned the truth of its dogmas.

    The Rough Road</p>

    William John Locke

  • But how could something happen in a world of flat gold sand and flaccid sea?

    Cully

    Jack Egan


British Dictionary definitions for flaccid

flaccid

adjective
  1. lacking firmness; soft and limp; flabby
Derived Formsflaccidity or flaccidness, nounflaccidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin flaccidus, from flaccus
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Word Origin and History for flaccid

adj.

1610s, from French flaccide or directly from Latin flaccidus "flabby," from flaccus "flabby, flap-eared," of uncertain origin (OED suggests it's imitative). Related: Flaccidly; flaccidity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

flaccid in Medicine

flaccid

([object Object])
adj.
  1. Lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone.
Related formsflac•cidi•ty (-sĭdĭ-tē) n.
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