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.

feebly
late 13c., from feeble + -ly (2).
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Example sentences
Ravens flew in, sat on his wounded hip, and tore pieces of his flesh while he
  feebly tried to repel them.
The still feebly flickering ashes in the grate, and the row of prim ornaments
  on the mantelpiece, were surely harmless enough.
The non-articular portion of the tubercle is occasionally only feebly marked.
The secret of education still hid itself somewhere behind ignorance, and one
  fumbled over it as feebly as ever.
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