feeble or weak in body or health, especially because of age; ailing.
unsteadfast, faltering, or irresolute, as persons or the mind; vacillating: infirm of purpose.
not firm, solid, or strong: an infirm support.
unsound or invalid, as an argument or a property title.
- in·firm·ly, adverb
- in·firm·ness, noun
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How to use infirm in a sentence
Conservatorships are supposed to be reserved for seriously infirm or elderly people with dementia.The Investigative Reporting Behind America’s Obsession With Britney Spears’ Conservatorship | by Robin Fields | July 13, 2021 | ProPublica
Petrie prides himself on being the youngest and least infirm among them, but they all share the predicament of having little purpose left in life and no place else to go.With ‘Antiquities,’ Cynthia Ozick is as vibrant on the page as ever | Diane Cole | April 16, 2021 | Washington Post
Such sores can develop when an infirm person remains in the same position for too long in a bed or wheelchair.The Nursing Home Didn’t Send Her to the Hospital, and She Died | by Sean Campbell | January 8, 2021 | ProPublica
Coronavirus cases and deaths in Virginia, Maryland and the DistrictThe early assumption that the virus would devastate only the elderly and the infirm has unraveled over eight months.More than 10,000 people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have died of covid-19 | Rebecca Tan | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
We have great-grandmothers in their nineties, we have parents and in-laws who are in their seventies and medically a little more infirm—it just didn’t make sense to bring lots of people together in the sort of way that we would usually do.How to plan a COVID-safe Thanksgiving, week-by-week | Kate Baggaley | October 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
The next evening, Romero was saying mass in the chapel at the hospice where he lived in a tiny room near the infirm and the dying.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint | Christopher Dickey | August 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Was the infirm old soldier, perhaps, taking Obama to task for the scandals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs?What the D-Day Veteran Told Obama at the 70th Anniversary Commemoration | Christopher Dickey | June 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Are we unfairly neglecting the up-and-coming in favor of the old and infirm?
This created a good incentive for the other justices to lobby the infirm one to step down.
I get sick when I hear of the charities obliterated and the old and infirm investors who are left with nothing.
I do not intend to vex or grieve you by any conduct of mine; nor do I mean to leave you, now you are both infirm and old.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
In addition there were several buildings devoted to the care of the aged, the infirm, and the sick.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
Governmental care of the unemployed, the infant and the infirm, sounds like a chapter in socialism.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
When that did not avail, its use was limited to feasts, banquets and sacrifices, and to guests and infirm old age.The Art of Drinking | Georg Gottfried Gervinus
It is probable that his infirm health and his isolated position were his protection.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for infirm
weak in health or body, esp from old age
(as collective noun; preceded by the): the infirm
lacking moral certainty; indecisive or irresolute
not stable, sound, or secure: an infirm structure; an infirm claim
law (of a law, custom, etc) lacking legal force; invalid
- infirmly, adverb
- infirmness, noun
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