feeble

[fee-buhl]
adjective, feebler, feeblest.
1.
physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
2.
weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind.
3.
lacking in volume, loudness, brightness, distinctness, etc.: a feeble voice; feeble light.
4.
lacking in force, strength, or effectiveness: feeble resistance; feeble arguments.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English feble < Old French, variant of fleible (by dissimilation) < Latin flēbilis lamentable, equivalent to flē(re) to weep + -bilis -ble

feebleness, noun
feeblish, adjective
feebly, adverb
nonfeeble, adjective
nonfeebleness, noun
nonfeebly, adverb
unfeeble, adjective
unfeebleness, noun
unfeebly, adverb


1. See weak.
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feeble (ˈfiːbəl)
 
adj
1.  lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
2.  inadequate; unconvincing: feeble excuses
3.  easily influenced or indecisive
 
[C12: from Old French feble, fleible, from Latin flēbilis to be lamented, from flēre to weep]
 
'feebleness
 
n
 
'feebly
 
adv

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feeble
late 12c., from O.Fr. feible, from L. flebilis "lamentable," lit. "that is to be wept over," from flere "weep." The first -l- was dropped in O.Fr. by dissimilation.
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Example sentences
My ability is feeble, but my responsibilities are great.
Nay, much more those members of the body which seem to be more feeble.
Next to that consummation, a cake on a rake is a pretty feeble entertainment.
If you are appreciated as a research star, people will talk up your teaching
  and admin no matter how feeble.
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