[ flak-sid, flas-id ]
/ ˈflæk sɪd, ˈflæs ɪd /
soft and limp; not firm; flabby: flaccid biceps.
lacking force; weak: flaccid prose.
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Origin of flaccid
1610–20; <Latin flaccidus
flabby, equivalent to flacc
) to grow weak, languish + -idus-id4
OTHER WORDS FROM flaccidflac·cid·i·ty, flac·cid·ness, nounflac·cid·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for flaccid
His very malevolence proceeded from a flaccidity which meanly envied the activities and enthusiasms of other men.
In "Jennie Gerhardt" there is no such flaccidity of structure, no such vacillation in aim, no such proliferation of episode.
Soon it would lose its paleness and flaccidity, become pink and slightly convex, pulsing with Rastignac's blood.
Besides, inquiries concerning the health of cow-punchers were not only superfluous, but bordered on flaccidity.
lacking firmness; soft and limp; flabby
Derived forms of flaccidflaccidity or flaccidness, nounflaccidly, adverb
Word Origin for flaccid
C17: from Latin flaccidus, from flaccus
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Lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone.
Other words from flaccidflac•cid′i•ty (-sĭd′ĭ-tē) n.
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