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1valetudinarian

noun val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an \ˌva-lə-ˌtü-də-ˈner-ē-ən, -ˌtyü-\

Definition of VALETUDINARIAN

:  a person of a weak or sickly constitution; especially :  one whose chief concern is his or her ill health

Origin of VALETUDINARIAN

Latin valetudinarius sickly, infirm, from valetudin-, valetudo state of health, sickness, from valēre to be strong, be well — more at wield
First Known Use: 1703

2valetudinarian

adjective

Definition of VALETUDINARIAN

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a valetudinarian :  sickly, weak

First Known Use of VALETUDINARIAN

1713

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