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feeble

[fee-buh l] /ˈfi bəl/
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
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English feble < Old French, variant of fleible (by dissimilation) < Latin flēbilis lamentable, equivalent to flē(re) to weep + -bilis -ble
Related forms
feebleness, noun
feeblish, adjective
feebly, adverb
nonfeeble, adjective
nonfeebleness, noun
nonfeebly, adverb
unfeeble, adjective
unfeebleness, noun
unfeebly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See weak.
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British Dictionary definitions for feeblest

feeble

/ˈfiːbəl/
adjective
1.
lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
2.
inadequate; unconvincing feeble excuses
3.
easily influenced or indecisive
Derived Forms
feebleness, noun
feebly, adverb
Word Origin
C12: from Old French feble, fleible, from Latin flēbilis to be lamented, from flēre to weep
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Word Origin and History for feeblest
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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