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infirm

[in-furm] /ɪnˈfɜrm/
adjective
1.
feeble or weak in body or health, especially because of age; ailing.
2.
unsteadfast, faltering, or irresolute, as persons or the mind; vacillating:
infirm of purpose.
3.
not firm, solid, or strong:
an infirm support.
4.
unsound or invalid, as an argument or a property title.
verb (used with object)
5.
to invalidate.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English infirme < Latin infirmus. See in-3, firm1
Related forms
infirmly, adverb
infirmness, noun
Synonyms
1, 3, 4. weak. 2. wavering, indecisive. 3. rickety, tottering, shaky, unsteady.
Antonyms
1, 2, 3. strong.
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British Dictionary definitions for infirmness

infirm

/ɪnˈfɜːm/
adjective
1.
  1. weak in health or body, esp from old age
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the infirm
2.
lacking moral certainty; indecisive or irresolute
3.
not stable, sound, or secure: an infirm structure, an infirm claim
4.
(law) (of a law, custom, etc) lacking legal force; invalid
Derived Forms
infirmly, adverb
infirmness, noun
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Word Origin and History for infirmness

infirm

adj.

late 14c., "weak, unsound" (of things), from Latin infirmus "weak, frail, feeble" (figuratively "superstitious, pusillanimous, inconstant"), from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + firmus (see firm (adj.)). Of persons, "not strong, unhealthy," first recorded c.1600. As a noun from 1711.

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infirmness in Medicine

infirm in·firm (ĭn-fûrm')
adj.
Weak in body, especially from old age or disease; feeble.

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