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noun, plural de·bil·i·ties.
  1. a weakened or enfeebled state; weakness: Debility prevented him from getting out of bed.
  2. a particular mental or physical handicap; disability.

Origin of debility

1425–75; late Middle English debylite < Middle French debilite < Latin dēbilitās, equivalent to dēbil(is) weak + -itās -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ties
  1. weakness or infirmity
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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).

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debility in Medicine


  1. The state of being weak or feeble; infirmity.
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