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fixity

[fik-si-tee]
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noun, plural fix·i·ties for 2.
  1. the state or quality of being fixed; stability; permanence.
  2. something fixed, stable, or permanent.
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Origin of fixity

From the New Latin word fixitās, dating back to 1660–70. See fix, -ity
Related formsun·fix·i·ty, noun
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Related Words for fixity

grit, firmness, self-control, self-discipline, steadfastness, determination, inflexibility, discipline, strength, force, drive, self-restraint, will, resolve, resolution, self-government, fixity, constancy, strictness, decision

Examples from the Web for fixity

Historical Examples of fixity

  • There are two ways in which a language may attain permanence or fixity.

    Cratylus

    Plato

  • I responded to his words and to the fixity of his gaze by silence.

  • “It is all tomfoolery,” John answered with fixity of 139 purpose.

  • Esthetic imagination,contrasted to mechanical, 264;Fixity of, 264.

  • Thus it happened that the fixity of his gaze was intensified.


British Dictionary definitions for fixity

fixity

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being fixed; stability
  2. something that is fixed; a fixture
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Word Origin and History for fixity

n.

1660s in physics; general use from 1791; see fix + -ity.

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