- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for fragile on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for fragility
While the caution that the fragility of this situation calls for cannot be overstated, neither can the successes made thus far.How Liberia (Might Have) Beat Ebola
November 17, 2014
“The fragility of the Putin regime lies in the fact that the entire regime rests in one person,” he said.Russian Tycoon: We Must Prepare For Putin’s Inevitable Downfall
October 4, 2014
But it was the nuance, the complex emotion, the fragility of sex that would inform her diaries.‘Mirages’: Anaïs Nin’s Intimate, Unexpurgated Diaries
October 26, 2013
They try to express their vision of Valentino but with the same attributes—beauty, romance, femininity, and fragility.Giancarlo Giammetti’s Private Life Captured in “Private GG”
October 25, 2013
The Daily Pic: Emily Henretta's woodcut captures technology's fragility.Printed Circuit
October 4, 2013
Laurent selected a skiff, which appeared so light that Camille was terrified by its fragility.Therese Raquin
The Colonel was carried into this room, with all the care necessitated by his fragility.The Man With The Broken Ear
In spite of her fragility she was, from the habit of self-control, a stronger spirit.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
An appearance of delicacy, and even of fragility, is almost essential to beauty.Pearls of Thought
Maturin M. Ballou
There was neither too much flesh, nor too little,—neither rudeness nor fragility.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
- able to be broken easily
- in a weakened physical state
- delicate; lighta fragile touch
- slight; tenuousa fragile link with the past
Word Origin and History for fragility
late 14c., "moral weakness," from Old French fragilité "debility, frailty" (12c.), from Latin fragilitatem (nominative fragilitas) "brittleness," from fragilis "brittle, easily broken," from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Meaning "quality of being easily broken" first recorded in English late 15c.
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.
- The quality or state of being easily broken or destroyed.