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2 easily injured without careful handling
  • be careful with your grandmother, as she's very frail and a fall would be disastrous

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5 small in degree
  • a frail hope of success

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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

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The first known use of frail was in the 14th century

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“Frail.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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