Definition of caducity in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈd(y)o͞osədē/ /kəˈd(j)usədi/

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  • 1archaic The infirmity of old age; senility.

    ‘my father was attacked with symptoms of caducity’
    • ‘The experiments prove that the rate of inhibiting caducity is more than 90% and it can make the rat of 15 months age reach biochemical level of 3 month's age after administrating royal jelly.’
    • ‘Many women will consider cutting down after they are at the age of thirty and begin to have the evidence of caducity with more and more splashes and wrinkles.’
    • ‘The botanist, who studied the phenomenon of the caducity of blossom and young nuclei in plum trees, distinguishes three stages of this falling off of the nuclei.’
    • ‘His weak eyesight combined with his caducity puts him out of service.’
    • ‘This lawn belonged to my paternal grandmother, whom I cautiously called Mammaw, for she resented being called anything that remotely betrayed her caducity.’
    decrepitude, infirmity, feebleness, unsteadiness, senescence, decline, old age, dotage, second childhood, confusion, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease, senile dementia
    1. 1.1literary Frailty or transitory nature.
      ‘read these books and reflect on their caducity’
      • ‘This incomplete elaboration leaves the feeling of caducity as a remainder.’
      • ‘These intimations of mortality triggered in him a ‘consciousness of my very caducity’ (writer's note: caducity is ‘the quality of being transitory or perishable’).’
      • ‘And what is rankling me most is since when have I been the type to believe in the caducity of life?’
      • ‘The logic, or the justification, in support of this procedure emanates from caducity of life and indeed of the whole creation at large.’
      • ‘The caducity of youth is not something I ever thought about it my teens, but can't stop thinking about in my twenties!’
      temporariness, transitoriness, impermanence, brevity, briefness, shortness, ephemerality, short-livedness, momentariness, mutability, instability, volatility


Mid 18th century from French caducité, from caduc, from Latin caducus ‘liable to fall’, from cadere ‘to fall’.