infirmity

[in-fur-mi-tee]
noun, plural infirmities for 1, 3.
1.
a physical weakness or ailment: the infirmities of age.
2.
quality or state of being infirm; lack of strength.
3.
a moral weakness or failing.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English infirmite < Latin infirmitās. See infirm, -ity

superinfirmity, noun, plural superinfirmities.


3. flaw, defect, fault.
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infirmity (ɪnˈfɜːmɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or quality of being infirm
2.  physical weakness or debility; frailty
3.  a moral flaw or failing

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infirmity in·fir·mi·ty (ĭn-fûr'mĭ-tē)
n.

  1. A bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age.

  2. A condition or disease producing weakness.

  3. A failing or defect in a person's character.

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Their instincts remain rooted in the wild, where survival requires covering up
  weaknesses and infirmities.
Fetal or neonatal infirmities with well-established causes.
Problems to be treated range from learning and emotional disabilities to the
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They shall include recognition of any special needs occasioned by the handicaps
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