infirmity

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noun in·fir·mi·ty \in-ˈfər-mə-tē\

Definition of infirmity

plural

infirmities

  1. 1a :  the quality or state of being infirmb :  the condition of being feeble :  frailty

  2. 2 :  disease, malady

  3. 3 :  a personal failing :  foible one of the besetting infirmities of living creatures is egotism — A. J. Toynbee

Examples of infirmity in a Sentence

  1. In recent years she has had to reduce her schedule because of age and infirmity.

  2. the infirmities of old age

Recent Examples of infirmity from the Web

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First Known Use of infirmity

14th century


INFIRMITY Defined for English Language Learners

infirmity

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Definition of infirmity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being weak or ill especially because of old age

  • : a disease or illness that usually lasts for a long time


INFIRMITY Defined for Kids

infirmity

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noun in·fir·mi·ty \in-ˈfər-mə-tē\

Definition of infirmity for Students

plural

infirmities

  1. :  the condition of being weak or frail (as from age or illness)


Medical Dictionary

infirmity

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noun in·fir·mi·ty \in-ˈfər-mət-ē\

Medical Definition of infirmity

plural

infirmities

  1. :  the quality or state of being infirm; especially :  an unsound, unhealthy, or debilitated state



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