- a weakened or enfeebled state; weakness: Debility prevented him from getting out of bed.
- a particular mental or physical handicap; disability.
Origin of debility
Examples from the Web for debility
It is wrong that the Unknown should profit by man's debility and ignorance.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It affects the nerves, causing irritability and debility in them.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
One is not accountable for words uttered in moments of debility and hunger.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
This is, generally, the result of debility, or severe labor.Cattle and Their Diseases
They lead to excitement and debility, sometimes to danger and disease.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
- weakness or infirmity
Word Origin and History for debility
early 15c., from Middle French debilite (Modern French débilité) or directly from Latin debilitatem (nominative debilitas) "a laming, crippling, weakening," from debilis "lame, disabled, crippled," figuratively "weak, helpless," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + -bilis "strength," from PIE root *bel- (see Bolshevik).
- The state of being weak or feeble; infirmity.