- the quality or state of being frail.
- moral weakness; liability to yield to temptation.
- a fault resulting from moral weakness: frailties of the human flesh.
Origin of frailty
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Examples from the Web for frailty
For many seniors, driving represents the difference between isolation and the frailty spiral.
“This can then lead to inactivity, which can lead to frailty, then to ill health,” she says.
These Republicans still frighten voters with visions of an old age in poverty and frailty.Is Paul Ryan Delusional?
Jack W. Germond
April 28, 2011
We know too much now about the hollowness of institutions and the frailty of their leaders.The Naked Truth
February 18, 2009
And, by the frailty of those they have triumphed over, they judge of all the rest.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
But Indian nature is human nature, with all its frailty and humiliation.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Naomi's frailty appeared to be not only of the body but also of the spirit.The Scapegoat
Most of them belonged to the Frailty Theatre, and their usual talk was of the "stars" engaged there.The Christian
She wanted to draw a veil over her frailty, but I wouldn't let her.The Eternal City
- physical or moral weakness
- (often plural) a fault symptomatic of moral weakness
Word Origin and History for frailty
mid-14c., from Old French fraileté "frailty, weakness," from Latin fragilitatem (nominative fragilitas), from fragilis "fragile" (see fragility). Related: Frailties.