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frailty

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noun frail·ty \ˈfrāl-tē\

Simple Definition of frailty

  • : physical weakness : the quality or state of being frail

  • : weakness of character that causes a person to do things that are morally wrong

Full Definition of frailty

plural frailties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being frail

  2. 2 :  a fault due to weakness especially of moral character

Examples of frailty

  1. the frailty of her voice

  2. We can no longer be surprised by the frailties of our political leaders.



14th Century

First Known Use of frailty

14th century

Synonym Discussion of frailty

fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit <a writer of many virtues and few faults>. failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character <being late is a failing of mine>. frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation <human frailties>. foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy <an eccentric's charming foibles>. vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others <compulsive gambling was his vice>.

FRAILTY Defined for Kids

frailty

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noun frail·ty \ˈfrāl-tē\

Definition of frailty

plural frailties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being weak <the old man's frailty>

  2. 2 :  a weakness of character <human frailty>





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