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limber +‎ -ness

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limberness (uncountable)

  1. Property of being limber.
    • 1828, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, A Treatise on Gymnasticks (Die Deutsche Turnkunst, 1816), translated by Charles Butler, Northampton, Mass.: Simeon Butler, Section Three, p. 154,[1]
      Every boy, or youth, who has not exercised before, is either entirely stiff, or if he possesses some limberness, he rarely understands to execute a regular movement.
    • 1860, James Russell Lowell, “The Election in November,” The Atlantic Monthly, Volume VI, no. 36, October 1860, p. 496,[2]
      To achieve so desirable an end, its leaders are ready to coalesce, here with the Douglas, and there with the Breckinridge faction of that very Democratic party of whose violations of the Constitution, corruption, and dangerous limberness of principle they have been the lifelong denouncers.
    • 1961, V. S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas, Vintage International, 2001, Part One, Chapter 4,
      The walls shook easily, but the tapia grass and bamboo strips had given them an astonishing resilience; so that although for the next six years Mr Biswas never ceased to feel an anxiety when someone leaned on the walls or flung sacks of sugar or flour against them, the walls never fell down, never deteriorated beyond the limberness in which he had found them.
    His limberness was so great he could kiss his knee without bending it.