[ fraj-uh l; British fraj-ahyl ]
/ ˈfrædʒ əl; British ˈfrædʒ aɪl /
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.
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Origin of fragile
SYNONYMS FOR fragile
1 See frail1.
OTHER WORDS FROM fragile
frag·ile·ly, adverbfra·gil·i·ty [fruh-jil-i-tee] /frəˈdʒɪl ɪ ti/, frag·ile·ness, nounnon·frag·ile, adjectivenon·frag·ile·ly, adverb
non·frag·ile·ness, nounnon·fra·gil·i·ty, nouno·ver·frag·ile, adjectiveun·frag·ile, adjective
Words nearby fragile
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British Dictionary definitions for non-fragile
/ (ˈfrædʒaɪl) /
able to be broken easily
in a weakened physical state
delicate; lighta fragile touch
slight; tenuousa fragile link with the past
Derived forms of fragilefragilely, adverbfragility (frəˈdʒɪlɪtɪ) or fragileness, noun
Word Origin for fragile
C17: from Latin fragilis, from frangere to break
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