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caducity

[ kuh-doo-si-tee, -dyoo- ]
/ kəˈdu sɪ ti, -ˈdyu- /
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noun
Archaic. the infirmity or weakness of old age; senility.
Literary. the quality of being perishable or transitory: the caducity of life.
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Origin of caducity

First recorded in 1760–70; from French caducité, equivalent to caduc caducous + -ité -ity
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How to use caducity in a sentence

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

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

    Everyday Objects|W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for caducity

caducity
/ (kəˈdjuːsɪtɪ) /

noun
perishableness
senility

Word Origin for caducity

C18: from French, from Latin cadūcus caducous
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