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fragile

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adjective frag·ile \ˈfra-jəl, -ˌjī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of fragile

  • : easily broken or damaged : very delicate : not strong

Full Definition of fragile

  1. 1 a :  easily broken or destroyed <a fragile vase> b :  constitutionally delicate :  lacking in vigor <a fragile child>

  2. 2 :  tenuous, slight <fragile hope>

fra·gil·i·ty play \frə-ˈji-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of fragile

  1. Her health has always been very fragile.

  2. an artist with a fragile ego

  3. He is in an emotionally fragile state.

  4. The two countries have formed a fragile coalition.



Origin of fragile

Middle French, from Latin fragilis — more at frail


First Known Use: 1521

Synonym Discussion of fragile

fragile, frangible, brittle, crisp, friable mean breaking easily. fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling <a fragile antique chair>. frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy <frangible stone used for paving>. brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness <brittle bones>. crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods <crisp lettuce>. friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized <friable soil>.

synonyms see in addition weak

Rhymes with fragile



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