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flaccid

adjective

Definition: lacking firmness or resilience

Synonyms: soft, weak, inelastic, slack, limp, flimsy, lax, droopy

Antonyms: firm, tough, strong

Tips: Flaccid is derived from the Latin flaccidus, from flaccus, "flabby." The word flaccid is a more sophisticated way of commenting on a person's limp handshake, but can also be used to describe other things that are weak or limp.

Usage Examples:

The flaccid asparagus was not well received at the luncheon. (limp, droopy)

The skier's muscles atrophied and became flaccid during the five weeks in which she had to wear a cast. (weak, slack)

The manís flaccid handshake did not make a good first impression. (weak, limp, lax)

In business, it is considered totally unacceptable to have a flaccid handshake. (weak, flimsy)


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