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Friday, December 14, 2007

Definitions for frangible

  1. easily broken; breakable: Most frangible toys are not suitable for young children.

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Citations for frangible
…fear not, iPad owners: thousands of armed-guard-like cases are available to protect your frangible computing device. Nick Bilton, "In Search of a Case to Protect the iPad," New York Times, September 1, 2010
That summer she fell in love with someone else, and, another surprise, my frangible heart broke. Edith Konecky, A Place at the Table, 1989
Origin of frangible
late Middle English
Frangible entered English by way of Old French and ultimately derives from the Latin frangere meaning "to break." The more common adjective fragile also finds its roots in this Latin verb.