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[flak-sid, flas-id] /ˈflæk sɪd, ˈflæs ɪd/
soft and limp; not firm; flabby:
flaccid biceps.
lacking force; weak:
flaccid prose.
Origin of flaccid
1610-20; < Latin flaccidus flabby, equivalent to flacc(ēre) to grow weak, languish + -idus -id4
Related forms
flaccidity, flaccidness, noun
flaccidly, adverb Unabridged
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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.

  • 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.

  • Loss of consciousness was followed by flaccidity of all four extremities, hyperpyrexia, and death.

  • Nor need we fear that the result of this would be any flaccidity of conviction, or lethargy in act.

    On Compromise John Morley
British Dictionary definitions for flaccidity


/ˈflæksɪd; ˈflæs-/
lacking firmness; soft and limp; flabby
Derived Forms
flaccidity, flaccidness, noun
flaccidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin flaccidus, from flaccus
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Word Origin and History for flaccidity



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
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flaccidity in Medicine

flaccid flac·cid (flāk'sĭd, flās'ĭd)
Lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone.

flac·cid'i·ty (-sĭd'ĭ-tē) or flac'cid·ness n.
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