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rigidity

[ rĭ-jĭdĭ-tē ]
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n.
The quality or state of stiffness or inflexibility.rigor
An aspect of the personality characterized by resistance to change.
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MORE ABOUT RIGIDITY

What does rigidity mean?

Rigidity is the state or quality of being rigid—stiff and inflexible.

Both rigid and rigidity can be used in both literal and figurative ways. For example, a material like plastic might be described as rigid if it does not bend or bend easily. A person might be described as rigid if they are very strict and unwilling to bend the rules. Rules themselves can also be described as rigid if they are very strict or rigorous.

When a material is said to need more rigidity, this means that it needs to be stiffer. When a person is criticized for their rigidity, it means they are seen as inflexible or resistant to change. In the context of people or their personalities, rigidity is almost always used negatively.

Example: As an institution, it’s known for the rigidity of its standards and rules, which have not been changed in any way for more than 200 years.

Where does rigidity come from?

The first records of the word rigidity come from around 1600. Its base word, rigid, comes from the Latin rigidus, from the verb rig(ēre), meaning “to be stiff” or “to stiffen.” The word rigor and rigorous are based on the same root, as is the first part of the medical term rigor mortis, which refers to the state of the body when it becomes rigid after death. The suffix -ity is used in nouns to indicate a state or quality.

Close synonyms of rigidity are inflexibility and stiffness—both of which, like rigidity, can also be used in both literal and figurative ways. The opposite of rigidity is flexibility, and it too can be used in a literal way, such as to refer to the quality of bendable materials, or in a figurative way, such as to refer to quality of a person who is willing to adapt to a situation (which a rigid person is not).

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How is rigidity used in real life?

Rigidity is commonly used in both literal and figurative ways. It’s often used in the context of stiff materials and inflexible people.

 

Try using rigidity!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of rigidity?

A. strictness
B. stiffness
C. flexibility
D. firmness

How to use rigidity in a sentence

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