frangible

adjective fran·gi·ble \ ˈfran-jə-bəl \

Definition of frangible

: readily or easily broken

frangibility

play \ˌfran-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of frangible in a Sentence

  1. frangible china teacups that were totally inappropriate for a child's birthday party

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Origin and Etymology of frangible

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere "to break, shatter" + -ibilis -ible — more at 1break

Synonym Discussion of frangible

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


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