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frangible

[fran-juh-buh l] /ˈfræn dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
easily broken; breakable:
Most frangible toys are not suitable for young children.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French, derivative of Latin frangere to break; see -ible
Related forms
frangibility, frangibleness, noun
nonfrangibility, noun
nonfrangible, adjective
Can be confused
frangible, fungible.
Synonyms
fragile, frail.
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Examples from the web for frangible
  • frangible bullets are designed to crumble into small pieces on impact with a rigid target or backstop.
  • Breakaway light poles rely on frangible transformer bases to provide the breakaway feature.
  • Lamps and frangible fittings may be obtained from the equipment supplier.
British Dictionary definitions for frangible

frangible

/ˈfrændʒɪbəl/
adjective
1.
breakable or fragile
Derived Forms
frangibility, frangibleness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, ultimately from Latin frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for frangible
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French frangible, from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere "to break" (see fraction).

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