State of a system whose stability may be endangered by even small changes.
While an excess of rigidity is dangerous, a minimum of it is nevertheless necessary in order to maintain the systems coherence.
Rigidity in systems increases generally with time. It is expressed by a progressive decrease of the ability to fluctuate between the limits of stability and, quite frequently, by a shrinking of these limits. One may also interpret it as a decrease of variety, in the sense given to it by ASHBY, obviously going with a lessened capacity to adapt to the variations in environments.
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