adjective, fee·bler, fee·blest.
Origin of feeble
Examples from the Web for feebleness
Have we any reason for thus imposing upon the Deity the limitation of our own feebleness?Doctrine of the Will|Asa Mahan
Something also may be attributed to the feebleness of old age.Laws|Plato
There was little military skill to atone for the feebleness of the assailing army, although there was plenty of rude valor.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84|John Lothrop Motley
Our feebleness is at once argued by this want, and partly caused.The Collected Writing of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II|Thomas De Quincey
The Tories will never forgive him for having drawn back, and posterity will condemn him for his feebleness.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.1/3, 1831-1835|Dorothy Duchesse de Dino
British Dictionary definitions for feebleness
Word Origin for feeble
Word Origin and History for feebleness (1 of 2)
late 12c., from Old French feble (12c., Modern French faible) "weak, feeble," from Latin flebilis "lamentable," literally "that is to be wept over," from flere "weep, cry, shed tears, lament," from PIE *bhle- "to howl" (cf. bleat). The first -l- was dropped in Old French by dissimilation. The noun meaning "feeble person" is recorded from mid-14c.