fragile

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adjective frag·ile \ˈfra-jəl, -ˌjī(-ə)l\

Definition of fragile

  1. 1a :  easily broken or destroyed a fragile vase fragile bonesb :  constitutionally (see constitutionally 1a) delicate :  lacking in vigor a fragile child

  2. 2 :  tenuous, slight fragile hope a fragile coalition

fragility

play \frə-ˈji-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of fragile in a Sentence

  1. Her health has always been very fragile.

  2. an artist with a fragile ego

  3. He is in an emotionally fragile state.

  4. The two countries have formed a fragile coalition.

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Origin and Etymology of fragile

Middle French, from Latin fragilis — more at frail

Synonym Discussion of fragile

fragile, frangible, brittle, crisp, friable mean breaking easily. fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling. a fragile antique chair frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy. frangible stone used for paving brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness. brittle bones crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods. crisp lettuce friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized. friable soil

synonyms see in addition weak


FRAGILE Defined for English Language Learners

fragile

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Definition of fragile for English Language Learners

  • : easily broken or damaged : very delicate : not strong


FRAGILE Defined for Kids

fragile

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adjective frag·ile \ˈfra-jəl\

Definition of fragile for Students

  1. :  easily broken or hurt :  delicate a fragile dish a fragile child

Word Root of fragile

The Latin word frangere, meaning “to break,” and its form fractus give us the roots frag and fract. Words from the Latin frangere have something to do with breaking. Something fragile is easily broken. A fraction is a portion broken off from a whole. To fracture something, such as a bone, is to break it. A fragment is a part that has been broken off from something larger or that is incomplete.



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