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caducity

[kuh-doo-si-tee, -dyoo-] /kəˈdu sɪ ti, -ˈdyu-/
noun
1.
the infirmity or weakness of old age; senility.
2.
frailty; transitoriness:
the caducity of life.
Origin of caducity
1760-1770
1760-1770; < French caducité, equivalent to caduc caducous + -ité -ity
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  • The "caducity" and "persistency" of floral envelopes furnish some valuable characteristics for the distinction of species.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • Pensive musings upon the caducity of the human race are, generally, rather feminine than masculine.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
  • Magpies, crows, and jays, evince symptoms of caducity at the same age.

  • Let us deduct even from old age the years of infancy, the years of caducity, and the years of sleep,—alas!

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
British Dictionary definitions for caducity

caducity

/kəˈdjuːsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
perishableness
2.
senility
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin cadūcuscaducous
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