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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
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin rapiditās. See rapid, -ity
Synonyms
swiftness, fleetness. See speed.
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  • The human global superorganism is shaping up with extraordinary rapidity.
  • The rapidity of foreign staff turnover tells its own story.
  • The rapidity of the decline is as striking as its extent.
  • The rapidity of this fall will depend on two things.
  • It's not only the rise in food prices that's proved troubling, but the rapidity.
  • The rapidity of its emergence suggests it was no fluke and could arise on other worlds, too.
  • Maybe after the nineties, when genocide seemed to happen with such rapidity, it will finally stick in people's minds.
  • It was impossible, of course, not to be swept up in the explosive rapidity of events.
  • His friends and family may be surprised by the rapidity of his rise, but they're not surprised by the fact of it.
  • We're used to catastrophes occurring suddenly and with enormous rapidity.
Word Origin and History for rapidity
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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