Definition of fixity in English:



  • [mass noun] The state of being unchanging or permanent:

    ‘the fixity of his stare’
    • ‘Without a sense of community, the village loses all fixity of purpose, never mind its unique identity.’
    • ‘Fair rent and fixity of tenure are not new concepts, but they seem to be concepts that the Government seem fearful to tackle.’
    • ‘The agitation that he led influenced Gladstone to introduce the 1881 Irish Land Act, guaranteeing fair rents, fixity of tenure, and freedom to sell (the Three Fs) to tenants.’
    • ‘This metaphor implies the dichotomy within the artist of his simultaneity of fixity and of a nomad.’
    • ‘He postulates that one reason people with inquiring minds feel there is no place for them in churches is ‘the apparent fixity of our symbolical systems.’’
    • ‘But by Johns's account, the goal of reliability, of fixity, of faithfulness, and of protected authorship remained constant.’
    • ‘By replacing usual, permanent materials with unusual ephemeral elements, the curators hope to ‘neutralize initial fixity of ideas’.’
    • ‘The owner of the ground, however, was not in favour of the Tennis Club expending a considerable sum of money on their courts while they did not enjoy any fixity of tenure.’
    • ‘Partly it is an effect of changed economic circumstances, in the West at least, in which the roles of breadwinners and homekeepers have unravelled out of long-preserved ideological fixity.’
    • ‘The latter would start with the irrevocable fixity of the exchange rates of those currencies participating in it, to be followed by the rapid introduction of the single currency, which would thus replace national currencies.’
    • ‘Their final point is the lack of fixity in one's social status.’
    • ‘If the Modern Era was a rage for order, regulation, stability, singularity, and fixity, the Postmodern Era is a rage for chaos, uncertainty, otherness, openness, multiplicity, and change.’
    • ‘Having always considered intimacy to be rather messy, I was a bit surprised to see that its definition relies on containment and fixity.’
    • ‘I think the important thing is that being gay doesn't hurt anyone, that gay people view it as core to their sense of self and that they don't feel any less fixity in their sexuality than straight people do.’
    • ‘One should always remember that the words ‘immobilization’ and ‘holding’ do not describe a the actual state of affairs - they convey the idea of finality and fixity that do not exist in action.’
    • ‘As a performance, a speech act somewhere between recitation and song, his delivery eschews the apparent fixity and finality of a poem printed in a book.’
    • ‘The youth of the present generation is wandering aimlessly without any fixity of purpose.’
    • ‘Rather, it is the stability and fixity of patterns of family practice which demand an explanation.’
    stability, durability, persistence, permanency, fixity, fixedness, changelessness, immutability, endurance, dependability, constancy, continuance, continuity, immortality, indestructibility, perpetuity, endlessness
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Mid 17th century (denoting the property of a substance of not evaporating or losing weight when heated): partly from obsolete fix ‘fixed’, partly from French fixité.