- physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
- weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind.
- lacking in volume, loudness, brightness, distinctness, etc.: a feeble voice; feeble light.
- lacking in force, strength, or effectiveness: feeble resistance; feeble arguments.
Origin of feeble
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Examples from the Web for feebleness
The inadequacy, the feebleness of the whole thing is astounding.The Man Shakespeare
Feebleness and failure in prayer is a sign of feebleness in the spiritual life.The Ministry of Intercession
The Regent's feebleness was the main rock upon which he built.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
The inferiority might be the result of feebleness and of want of activity of mind.
Something also may be attributed to the feebleness of old age.
- lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
- inadequate; unconvincingfeeble excuses
- easily influenced or indecisive
Word Origin and History for feebleness
late 12c., from Old French feble (12c., Modern French faible) "weak, feeble," from Latin flebilis "lamentable," literally "that is to be wept over," from flere "weep, cry, shed tears, lament," from PIE *bhle- "to howl" (cf. bleat). The first -l- was dropped in Old French by dissimilation. The noun meaning "feeble person" is recorded from mid-14c.