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rigid

(rĭ′jĭd) [L. rigidus]
Stiff, hard, unyielding.
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The pattern has rather been that when those Taiwanese politicians most sympathetic to some form of reunification tried to negotiate a compromise, Beijing typically reacted with hostility and suspicion, rigidifying around its original 'one country two systems' and 'one China principle' and refusing to entertain the slightest deviation.
For example, he gives a balanced refutation of the common arguments behind India's famed poverty by examining the role of both British colonial policies and Indian mid-level landowners, merchants, and traders in expanding and rigidifying the economic gap between "landed" and "landless.
America is producing a large underclass that cannot participate in the polity and the economy at a time when the myth of a circulation of elites is increasingly separated from the reality of a rigidifying class structure.
4) Clinton, for instance, is the antithesis of the rigidifying personality type: with his ebullience, his gargantuan appetites, his zest for political maneuver, he is the closest we have come in the postwar period to the two Roosevelts in terms of pure political skill and love of the game.
When applied to an ordinary definite description, 'dthat' has the effect of rigidifying it.
These weak, not to say non-existent, states have met this challenge with greater or smaller margins for manoeuvre, either rigidifying the internal and external borders between groups or relaxing them through many factors on which their survival usually depends (security, effectiveness of regulations, position of economic and geopolitical strength or weakness, etc.
The layers of larger and stronger nations that might have found ways to crosscut and mitigate the immediate clash of interests on the island served instead as a set of magnifying mirrors, rigidifying positions and compounding insecurities--that is, until 2000.
After chiding poststructuralist theory and cultural studies for diluting and rigidifying innovative art, Perloff concedes in "What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Poetry" that practical criticism has had even more of a marginalizing effect on postmodernism.
Codifying and rigidifying such rules as gender segregation maintained a kind of conservatism that women resented - understandably, in light of the fact that women from various regions of Morocco, especially non-Arab Berbers, had a long history of active, even armed, resistance to the French protectorate.
Hideyoshi also began the processes of legally rigidifying class distinctions.