Definition of flaccid in English:


Line breaks: flac|cid
Pronunciation: /ˈflasɪd
, ˈflaksɪd


  • 1(Of part of the body) soft and hanging loosely or limply, especially so as to look or feel unpleasant: she took his flaccid hand in hers
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    • Ben inspected the mess beneath his mother's now flaccid body.
    • Shaking his head, he plopped him onto his horse with extreme difficulty then rose up behind him, clasping the flaccid body to his chest.
    • The striated-muscle part of the esophageal body is flaccid at rest.
    soft, loose, flabby, unfirm, yielding, slack, lax, out of tone, toneless; drooping, droopy, sagging, saggy, pendulous, limp, floppy, wilting
  • 1.1(Of plant tissue) drooping or inelastic through lack of water.
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    • Dead cuttings were obvious because their bud tissue had become flaccid.
    • I don't want to see my planters parched and my plants flaccid.
    • Then true leaves exhibit the flaccid condition.
  • 1.2Lacking vigour or effectiveness: the flaccid leadership campaign was causing concern
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    • In the case of the anti-deficit campaign, flaccid fiscal management was a weakness to be strenuously avoided.
    • They hate us, their treatises and demagogues have long proclaimed, because we appear to them spiritually lukewarm, religiously flaccid.
    • His character is flaccid and uniformly uninspired.
    lacklustre, ineffective, ineffectual, lifeless, listless, muted, spiritless, lustreless, uninspiring, apathetic, unanimated, tame; worthless, futile, fruitless



Pronunciation: /fləkˈsɪdɪti, fləˈsɪd-/
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  • Patent regimes could loosen to the point of complete flaccidity.
  • ‘If there is some skin flaccidity, I will use superficial liposculpture to cause some skin retraction,’ he said.
  • Her website is not alone in the mildly comic ineptitude of its construction and flaccidity of its message.


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  • His superbly chiseled lips, ordinarily compressed in a grim line that bespoke indomitable will, at the moment hung open flaccidly.
  • Her head lied flaccidly upon Paul's shoulder, as she dozed into a fragile state of sleep.


early 17th century: from French flaccide or Latin flaccidus, from flaccus 'flabby'.

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