- easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail: a fragile ceramic container; a very fragile alliance.
- vulnerably delicate, as in appearance: She has a fragile beauty.
- lacking in substance or force; flimsy: a fragile excuse.
Origin of fragile
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Examples from the Web for fragile
The gym—a fragile collective of human ecology at the best of times—has suddenly become even more tense.How to Survive the New Year ‘Gympocalypse’
January 6, 2015
It's about the delicate fabric of the universe and how our fragile insides crumble when that fabric is torn.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He was coming out of a relationship and was in a fragile place himself.Blogger Shares and Shames Cancer in ‘Lily’
December 9, 2014
The fragile peace in Ukraine is being threatened by an influx of gear and armed men.Thousands of Putin’s Troops Now in Ukraine, Analysts Say
November 11, 2014
And so, the attack on Russian LGBT people, and their fragile right to live freely, continues.The ‘Hunted’ Gays of Putin’s Russia: Vicious Vigilantes and State Bigotry Close Up
October 6, 2014
You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs.
How fragile as spider-webs, how almost laughable they seemed down here!It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
In the legend she is a fragile woman guided by a divine soul.My Double Life
There was a crunching of fragile bones, and warm blood ran in his mouth.White Fang
For had he crashed, or smashed that fragile tube, all would have been in vain.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
- able to be broken easily
- in a weakened physical state
- delicate; lighta fragile touch
- slight; tenuousa fragile link with the past
Word Origin and History for fragile
1510s, "liable to sin, morally weak;" c.1600, "liable to break;" a back-formation from fragility, or else from Middle French fragile (14c.), from Latin fragilis (see fragility). Transferred sense of "frail" (of persons) is from 1858.