flaccid
flaccid flac"cid (fl[a^]k"s[i^]d or fl[a^]s"s[i^]d), a. [L. flaccidus, fr. flaccus flabby: cf. OF. flaccide.] Yielding to pressure for want of firmness and stiffness; soft and weak; limber; lax; drooping; flabby; as, a flaccid muscle; flaccid flesh. [1913 Webster]

Religious profession . . . has become flacced. --I. Taylor. -- {flac"cid*ly} (fl[a^]k"s[i^]d*l[y^] or fl[a^]s"s[i^]d*l[y^]), adv. -- {flac"cid*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • flaccid — [flak′sid; ] often [ flas′id] adj. [L flaccidus < flaccus, flabby] 1. hanging in loose folds or wrinkles; soft and limp; flabby [flaccid muscles] 2. lacking force; weak; feeble flaccidity n. flaccidly adv …   English World dictionary

  • flaccid — index powerless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flaccid — (adj.) 1610s, from Fr. flaccide or directly from L. flaccidus flabby, from flaccus flabby, flap eared, of uncertain origin (OED suggests it s onomatopoeic). Related: Flaccidly; flaccidity …   Etymology dictionary

  • flaccid — flabby, floppy, *limp, flimsy, sleazy Analogous words: slack, relaxed, lax, *loose: unnerved, enervated, emasculated (see UNNERVE): weakened, debilitated, enfeebled, sapped (see WEAKEN) Antonyms: resilient Contrasted words: Clastic, springy,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • flaccid — The recommended pronunciation is flak sid, not flas id …   Modern English usage

  • flaccid — [adj] drooping debilitated, emasculated, enervated, enfeebled, flabby, flimsy, inelastic, irresilient, lax, limp, loose, nerveless, quaggy, sapped, slack, soft, weak, weakened; concepts 485,604 Ant. firm, taut, tight …   New thesaurus

  • flaccid — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ soft and limp. DERIVATIVES flaccidity noun flaccidly adverb. ORIGIN French flaccide, from Latin flaccus flabby …   English terms dictionary

  • flaccid — UK [ˈflæsɪd] / US / UK [ˈflæksɪd] / US adjective 1) a) flaccid skin or muscles are loose and soft b) medical a flaccid penis is not hard 2) a flaccid argument or idea is not effective The article s thesis is flaccid and misguided …   English dictionary

  • flaccid — flac|cid [ flæksıd, flæsıd ] adjective 1. ) flaccid skin or muscles are loose and soft a ) MEDICAL a flaccid PENIS is not hard 2. ) a flaccid argument or idea is not effective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flaccid — adjective Etymology: Latin flaccidus, from flaccus flabby Date: 1620 1. a. not firm or stiff; also lacking normal or youthful firmness < flaccid muscles > b. of a plant part deficient in turgor 2. lacking vigor or force < …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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