- easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail: a fragile ceramic container; a very fragile alliance.
- vulnerably delicate, as in appearance: She has a fragile beauty.
- lacking in substance or force; flimsy: a fragile excuse.
Origin of fragile
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Related Words for fragilenessdebility, decrepitude, delicacy, delicateness, enfeeblement, feebleness, fragility, frailty, infirmity, weakness
Examples from the Web for fragileness
Historical Examples of fragileness
She felt the slightness of her body and the fragileness of her bones.The Narrow House
- able to be broken easily
- in a weakened physical state
- delicate; lighta fragile touch
- slight; tenuousa fragile link with the past
Word Origin for fragile
1510s, "liable to sin, morally weak;" c.1600, "liable to break;" a back-formation from fragility, or else from Middle French fragile (14c.), from Latin fragilis (see fragility). Transferred sense of "frail" (of persons) is from 1858.