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

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

Synonyms for frangible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frangible



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

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

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