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[dih-bil-i-tee] /dɪˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural debilities.
a weakened or enfeebled state; weakness:
Debility prevented him from getting out of bed.
a particular mental or physical handicap; disability.
Origin of debility
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English debylite < Middle French debilite < Latin dēbilitās, equivalent to dēbil(is) weak + -itās -ity Unabridged
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  • We experience lives of debility and calamity as a result of negative karma.
  • We learn also how he was prone to illness, but conquered his debility.
  • He suffered from pallor and debility thirty-five hundred years ago.
  • There is a line to be drawn between any insights from sadness and the debility of a clinical condition.
British Dictionary definitions for debility


noun (pl) -ties
weakness or infirmity
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Word Origin and History for debility

early 15c., from Middle French debilite (Modern French débilité) or directly from Latin debilitatem (nominative debilitas) "a laming, crippling, weakening," from debilis "lame, disabled, crippled," figuratively "weak, helpless," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + -bilis "strength," from PIE root *bel- (see Bolshevik).

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debility in Medicine

debility de·bil·i·ty (dĭ-bĭl'ĭ-tē)
The state of being weak or feeble; infirmity.

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