ail·​ment | \ˈāl-mənt \

Definition of ailment 

1 : a bodily disorder or chronic disease a stomach ailment

2 : unrest, uneasiness an emotional ailment

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Examples of ailment in a Sentence

She suffered from a chronic back ailment. The doctor treated him for a variety of ailments.

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Watch fellow championship contenders suffer various ailments. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 The list, approved by Shelly Edgerton, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, now features 22 ailments that will allow a doctor to recommend a medical marijuana card for a patient. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Autism, 10 other conditions now qualify patients for medical marijuana," 9 July 2018 Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams says an aunt took three children to a hospital Monday for various ailments. Fox News, "11 children sickened at Detroit-area home; baby hospitalized," 8 May 2018 Health camps were thus established in communities around the country, attracting families who then get treated for current ailments and protected against prospective ones. Time, "How Imams, Royalty and Family Celebrations are Wiping Out Polio in Nigeria," 7 May 2018 The concept of a portable homemade crystal that eliminates bad energy and manifests positive energy is a lot less weird, and a lot less cult-y, than placing naked people in boxes to cure their ailments with orgasmic energy., "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Brinson was diagnosed with a right hip bone bruise on Friday afternoon, after the team initially called his ailment right hip inflammation. Matthew Defranks,, "Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson diagnosed with hip bone bruise," 13 July 2018 His attorneys said Parkinson’s disease was among his ailments. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 His attorneys said Parkinson's disease was among his ailments. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of ailment

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ailment

see ail entry 1

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The first known use of ailment was in 1606

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English Language Learners Definition of ailment

: a sickness or illness


ail·​ment | \ˈāl-mənt \

Kids Definition of ailment

: a sickness or disease


ail·​ment | \ˈā(ə)l-mənt \

Medical Definition of ailment 

: a bodily disorder or chronic disease

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