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[fik-si-tee] /ˈfɪk sɪ ti/
noun, plural fixities for 2.
the state or quality of being fixed; stability; permanence.
something fixed, stable, or permanent.
Origin of fixity
1660-70; < New Latin fixitās. See fix, -ity
Related forms
unfixity, noun Unabridged
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  • Foremost of all is the lesson of tenacity, of stubborn fixity of purpose.
  • Until recently, the subject of senescence has been dominated by gloomy findings about limits and genetic fixity.
  • As a result, the image hovers strangely between the inorganic, mineral fixity of stone and the fluid life of paint.
  • The practical depth to pile fixity is defined as the depth along the pile to the point of zero lateral deflection.
  • If the pipe pile is used for strength, it should extend to the point of fixity below streambed.
  • First, there is the inherit fixity of the delivery function.
  • The length of the element is equal to the freestanding height of the pile plus the depth-to-fixity below the mud-line.
  • Grotesques are typically characterized by what they lack: fixity, stability, order.
  • However, the potential for failure of the hangers or link eyebars due to fixity-induced loadings was also investigated.
  • Especially focusing on live animal product flows and capital fixity issues.
British Dictionary definitions for fixity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being fixed; stability
something that is fixed; a fixture
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Word Origin and History for fixity

1660s in physics; general use from 1791; see fix + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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