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rapidity

[ruh-pid-i-tee] /rəˈpɪd ɪ ti/
noun
1.
a rapid state or quality; quickness; celerity.
Also, rapidness
[rap-id-nis] /ˈræp ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of rapidity
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin rapiditās. See rapid, -ity
Synonyms
swiftness, fleetness. See speed.
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n.

1650s, from French rapidité and directly from Latin rapiditatem (nominative rapiditas) "swiftness, rapidity, velocity," from rapidus "hasty, swift, rapid" (see rapid).

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