the infirm


: people who are weak, ill, etc. : infirm people
providing care for the elderly and the infirm

Examples of the infirm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Infants, the elderly and the infirm are particularly vulnerable. Hajar Harb, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 The rural community Mahito is brought to a year later is made up mostly of the old, the infirm, and children, held together by weary volunteer labor. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2023 Fifteen cities in Italy, most of them in the country’s center and south, were under heat advisories signaling a high level of risk for older adults, the infirm, infants and other vulnerable people. NBC News, 15 July 2023 The reporting found some franchisees used deception and targeted the elderly, the infirm and people close to poverty. Anjeanette Damon, ProPublica, 30 June 2023 However, the issuing of draft papers to students, the infirm, and people with little combat experience, Lord adds, was likely a direct result of Kremlin quotas that local commissars were scrambling to fulfill. Charlie Campbell, Time, 27 Sep. 2022 Most of those remaining are the poor, the old and the infirm, volunteers and health workers said. New York Times, 31 May 2022 Government support has failed to end the crisis, advocates say, allowing care for the elderly and the infirm to worsen, forcing facilities to limit admission or close entirely and clogging up hospital beds. Rebecca Tan, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Jan. 2022 Sojar Owhal spends her days with the elderly, the infirm and a handful of children. Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021

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“The infirm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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