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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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Examples from the Web for flaccidity

Historical Examples

  • It sank, excused for the flaccidity by Nataly's want of common adventurous daring.

    One of Our Conquerors, Complete

    George Meredith

  • His very malevolence proceeded from a flaccidity which meanly envied the activities and enthusiasms of other men.

  • Soon it would lose its paleness and flaccidity, become pink and slightly convex, pulsing with Rastignac's blood.

    Rastignac the Devil

    Philip Jos Farmer

  • Besides, inquiries concerning the health of cow-punchers were not only superfluous, but bordered on flaccidity.

  • Besides, inquiries concerning the health of cow- punchers were not only superfluous, but bordered on flaccidity.


British Dictionary definitions for flaccidity

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 flaccidity

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

flaccidity in Medicine

flaccid

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