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fragile

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

: easily broken or damaged : very delicate : not strong

Full Definition of FRAGILE

1
a :  easily broken or destroyed <a fragile vase>
b :  constitutionally delicate :  lacking in vigor <a fragile child>
2
:  tenuous, slight <fragile hope>
fra·gil·i·ty \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

FRAGILITY Defined for Kids

fragile

adjective frag·ile \ˈfra-jəl\

Definition of FRAGILE for Kids

:  easily broken or hurt :  delicate <a fragile dish> <a fragile child>

Word Root of FRAGILE

The Latin word frangere, meaning to break, and its form fractus give us the roots frag and fract. Words from the Latin frangere have something to do with breaking. Something fragile is easily broken. A fraction is a portion broken off from a whole. To fracture something, such as a bone, is to break it. A fragment is a part that has been broken off from something larger or that is incomplete.

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