V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: unwillingness to change or bend

Synonyms: stiffness

Antonyms: softness

Tips: The noun rigidity is related to the adjective rigid, which means stiff or unyielding. When a person is rigid, that person is set in his or her ways and is unwilling to change. Rigidity is used more when talking about issues or opinions, while stiffness is a better word to denote physical rigidity.

Usage Examples:

I was angered by his rigidity on that issue, and I wished he would reconsider his opinion. (stiffness, unwillingness to yield)

You should try yoga to ease the rigidity of your back. (stiffness)

My aunt's emotional rigidity makes it hard for her to offer a smile. (stiffness)

You should loosen up; don't be so rigid all the time. (stiff, unyielding) adjective

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