debility

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noun de·bil·i·ty \di-ˈbi-lə-tē, dē-\

Examples of debility in a sentence

  1. The disease leads to debility but rarely kills.

  2. the debilities of elderly people

Origin and Etymology of debility

Middle English debilite, from Middle French debilité, from Latin debilitat-, debilitas, from debilis, from de- de- + -bilis; akin to Sanskrit bala strength


First Known Use: 15th century


DEBILITY Defined for English Language Learners

debility

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noun de·bil·i·ty \di-ˈbi-lə-tē, dē-\

Definition of debility for English Language Learners

  • : physical weakness caused by illness or old age


DEBILITY Defined for Kids

debility

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noun de·bil·i·ty \di-ˈbi-lə-tē\

Definition of debility for Students

plural

debilities

  1. :  a weakened state especially of health


Medical Dictionary

debility

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noun de·bil·i·ty \di-ˈbil-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of debility

plural

debilities

  1. :  the quality or state of being weak, feeble, or infirm; especially :  physical weakness



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