debility

noun de·bil·i·ty \ di-ˈbi-lə-tē , dē- \
Updated on: 26 Jan 2018

Definition of debility

plural debilities

Examples of debility in a Sentence

  1. The disease leads to debility but rarely kills.

  2. the debilities of elderly people

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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


DEBILITY Defined for English Language Learners

debility

noun

Definition of debility for English Language Learners

  • : physical weakness caused by illness or old age


DEBILITY Defined for Kids

debility

noun de·bil·i·ty \ di-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of debility for Students

plural debilities
: a weakened state especially of health

Medical Dictionary

debility

noun de·bil·i·ty \ di-ˈbil-ət-ē \

medical Definition of debility

plural debilities
: the quality or state of being weak, feeble, or infirm; especially : physical weakness


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