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.

feebleness
c.1300, from feeble + -ness.
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Example sentences
The world's biggest democracy is coy to the point of feebleness in promoting its values abroad.
He knocked the rich, but knocked the poor too for their feebleness.
They are essentially autocracies, given the feebleness of corporate governance.
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