fragile

[ fraj-uh l; British fraj-ahyl ]
/ ˈfrædʒ əl; British ˈfrædʒ aɪl /

adjective

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

1505–15; < Latin fragilis, equivalent to frag- (variant stem of frangere to break) + -ilis -ile

Related forms

Can be confused

brittle fragile frail1 (see synonym study at frail1)
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British Dictionary definitions for fragility

fragile

/ (ˈfrædʒaɪl) /

adjective

able to be broken easily
in a weakened physical state
delicate; lighta fragile touch
slight; tenuousa fragile link with the past

Derived Forms

fragilely, adverbfragility (frəˈdʒɪlɪtɪ) or fragileness, noun

Word Origin for fragile

C17: from Latin fragilis, from frangere to break
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Medicine definitions for fragility

fragility

[ frə-jĭlĭ-tē ]

n.

The quality or state of being easily broken or destroyed.

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