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English definition of “stiffness”

stiffness

noun [U] (NOT RELAXED)    /ˈstɪf.nəs/
the quality of being very formal and not relaxed : Her initial stiffness began to wear off as we got to know her.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
(Definition of stiffness noun (NOT RELAXED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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