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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fragility
late 14c., "moral weakness," from O.Fr. fragilité, from L. fragilitatem (nom. fragilitas) "brittleness," from fragilis "brittle, easily broken," from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Meaning "easily broken" first recorded in English late 15c.

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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Medical Dictionary

fragility fra·gil·i·ty (frə-jĭl'ĭ-tē)
n.
The quality or state of being easily broken or destroyed.

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fragile

adj. Syn brittle.
Example sentences
He was only in his forty-seventh year, but he dwelt darkly on the fragility of
  human existence.
Parts of the site will molder and must be allowed to, if only to show the
  fragility of life.
Also, its fragility creates quirks and imperfections, which help make every
  image unique.
Its fragility, however, made it especially prone to fracture.
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