Ri*gid"i*ty (?), n. [L. rigiditas: cf. F. rigidit'e. See Rigid.]

1.

The quality or state of being rigid; want of pliability; the quality of resisting change of from; the amount of resistance with which a body opposes change of form; -- opposed to flexibility, ductility, malleability, and softness.

2.

Stiffness of appearance or manner; want of ease or elegance.

Sir H. Wotton.

3.

Severity; rigor.

[Obs. orR.]

Bp. Burnet.

Syn. -- Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility.

 

© Webster 1913.

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