Standing on the edge of the Burfell volcano, you realize what a fragile construct modern civilization is.
McKean looks so fragile and world-weary as he speaks in his Chicago accent, he seems to require rescue.
As of Wednesday morning the latest bout—like ones before it—had ended in a fragile ceasefire, reportedly brokered by Egypt.
1510s, "liable to sin, morally weak;" c.1600, "liable to break;" a back-formation from fragility, or else from Middle French fragile (14c.), from Latin fragilis (see fragility). Transferred sense of "frail" (of persons) is from 1858.