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flaccid

[′flas·əd or ′flak·səd]
(botany)
Deficient in turgor.
(physiology)
Soft, flabby, or relaxed.
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Mandel-Campbell blames what she sees as a national trait of flaccidness, with Canadians being unwilling to seek trade and to make foreign investments.
This debt-laden, dangerously soft America, according to Ferguson, certainly lacks the willingness to stay in a country such as Iraq for the time needed to turn it into a "prosperous capitalist democracy." England's Oxbridge-educated mandarins dedicated their lives to "running infernally hot, disease-ridden countries"; America's "brightest and best aspire not to govern Mesopotamia but to manage MTV; not to rule the Hejaz but to run a hedge fund." Indecisive political leadership reinforces the native flaccidness. Were it not for Truman's dithering during the Korean War, Colossus relates, America might have crossed the Rubicon--perhaps nuking China, as MacArthur recommended-and thereby claimed its imperial mantle.
But the ease of his writing can deteriorate into flaccidness and a dependency on stock jokes and situations, supplemented by reams of rote sentimental chatter.