caducity

[kuh-doo-si-tee, -dyoo-]

noun

the infirmity or weakness of old age; senility.
frailty; transitoriness: the caducity of life.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. cadogan teapot,
  2. cadre,
  3. cadreman,
  4. caduceus,
  5. caducibranchiate,
  6. caducous,
  7. cadwalader,
  8. cadwallader,
  9. cady,
  10. cae

Origin of caducity

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

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Examples from the Web for caducity

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

    Everyday Objects|W. H. Davenport Adams
  • 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

perishableness
senility

Word Origin for caducity

C18: from French, from Latin cadūcus caducous

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