infirm

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adjective in·firm \ in-ˈfərm \

Definition of infirm

1 :of poor or deteriorated vitality; especially :feeble from age
2 :weak of mind, will, or character :irresolute, vacillating
3 :not solid or stable :insecure

infirmly

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Examples of infirm in a Sentence

  1. The clinic provides free care for elderly and infirm people who lack health insurance.

  2. the elderly and infirm have to be especially careful during the winter months

Recent Examples of infirm from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of infirm

Middle English, from Latin infirmus, from in- + firmus firm

Synonym Discussion of infirm

weak, feeble, frail, fragile, infirm, decrepit mean not strong enough to endure strain, pressure, or strenuous effort. weak applies to deficiency or inferiority in strength or power of any sort.
    • felt weak after the surgery
feeble suggests extreme weakness inviting pity or contempt.
    • a feeble attempt to walk
frail implies delicacy and slightness of constitution or structure.
    • a frail teenager unable to enjoy sports
fragile suggests frailty and brittleness unable to resist rough usage.
    • a reclusive poet too fragile for the rigors of this world
infirm suggests instability, unsoundness, and insecurity due to old age or crippling illness.
    • infirm residents requiring constant care
decrepit implies being worn-out or broken-down from long use or old age.
    • the dowager's decrepit retainers


INFIRM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of infirm for English Language Learners

  • : having a condition of weakness or illness that usually lasts for a long time and is caused especially by old age


INFIRM Defined for Kids

infirm

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adjective in·firm \ in-ˈfərm \

Definition of infirm for Students

:weak or frail in body

Medical Dictionary

infirm

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adjective in·firm \ in-ˈfərm \

medical Definition of infirm

:of poor or deteriorated vitality; especially :feeble from age


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