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caducity

[kuh-doo-si-tee, -dyoo-]
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noun
  1. the infirmity or weakness of old age; senility.
  2. frailty; transitoriness: the caducity of life.
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Origin of caducity

1760–1770; < French caducité, equivalent to caduc caducous + -ité -ity
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Related Words

agelapsesenility

Examples from the Web for caducity

Historical Examples

  • Magpies, crows, and jays, evince symptoms of caducity at the same age.

    A World of Wonders

    Various

  • The "caducity" and "persistency" of floral envelopes furnish some valuable characteristics for the distinction of species.

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • Pensive musings upon the caducity of the human race are, generally, rather feminine than masculine.

    Red as a Rose is She

    Rhoda Broughton

  • Let us deduct even from old age the years of infancy, the years of caducity, and the years of sleep,—alas!

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen


British Dictionary definitions for caducity

caducity

noun
  1. perishableness
  2. senility
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin cadūcus caducous
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