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a. Sluggish, lethargic, or inactive: "It is a man's own fault, it is from want of use, if his mind grows torpid in old age" (Samuel Johnson).
b. Showing little interest; apathetic: a torpid audience.
2. Conducive to sluggishness or inactivity, especially in being warm and humid: a torpid summer evening.
3. Dormant; hibernating.

[Latin torpidus, numbed, paralyzed, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

tor·pid′i·ty (-ĭ-tē) adv.
tor′pid·ly adv.
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Noun1.torpidity - a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibilitytorpidity - a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility; "he fell into a deep torpor"
hibernation - the torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winter
lassitude, lethargy, sluggishness - a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
2.torpidity - inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energytorpidity - inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
passivity, passiveness - the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative


A deficiency in mental and physical alertness and activity:


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