frangible

[ fran-juh-buhl ]
/ ˈfræn dʒə bəl /

adjective

easily broken; breakable: Most frangible toys are not suitable for young children.

Nearby words

  1. francophone,
  2. francophonic,
  3. francs,
  4. francs-tireurs,
  5. franger,
  6. frangipane,
  7. frangipani,
  8. franglais,
  9. frank,
  10. frank, anne

Origin of frangible

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French, derivative of Latin frangere to break; see -ible

Related formsfran·gi·bil·i·ty, fran·gi·ble·ness, nounnon·fran·gi·bil·i·ty, nounnon·fran·gi·ble, adjective

Can be confusedfrangible fungible

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British Dictionary definitions for frangible

frangible

/ (ˈfrændʒɪbəl) /

adjective

breakable or fragile
Derived Formsfrangibility or frangibleness, noun

Word Origin for frangible

C15: from Old French, ultimately from Latin frangere to break

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Word Origin and History for frangible

frangible

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French frangible, from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere "to break" (see fraction).

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