fragile

[fraj-uhl; British fraj-ahyl]
adjective
1.
easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail: a fragile ceramic container; a very fragile alliance.
2.
vulnerably delicate, as in appearance: She has a fragile beauty.
3.
lacking in substance or force; flimsy: a fragile excuse.

Origin:
1505–15; < Latin fragilis, equivalent to frag- (variant stem of frangere to break) + -ilis -ile

fragilely, adverb
fragility [fruh-jil-i-tee] , fragileness, noun
nonfragile, adjective
nonfragilely, adverb
nonfragileness, noun
nonfragility, noun
overfragile, adjective
unfragile, adjective

brittle, fragile, frail (see synonym study at frail).


1. See frail1.
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fragile (ˈfrædʒaɪl)
 
adj
1.  able to be broken easily
2.  in a weakened physical state
3.  delicate; light: a fragile touch
4.  slight; tenuous: a fragile link with the past
 
[C17: from Latin fragilis, from frangere to break]
 
'fragilely
 
adv
 
fragility
 
n
 
fragileness
 
n

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fragile
1510s as "liable to sin;" c.1600 as "liable to break;" from Fr. fragile (14c.), from L. fragilis (see fragility).
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fragile

adj. Syn brittle.
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fragile definition


brittle

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Example sentences
Acid rain destroyed fish populations in lakes and streams, harmed fragile soils
  and damaged millions of acres of forest worldwide.
Examination under a high-powered microscope revealed a trio of narrow grooves
  cut into the fragile wax.
What the journey of a handful of dust tells us about our fragile planet.
Our lives already rely on fragile information networks, and will soon be
  constantly recorded.
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