ail·​ment | \ ˈāl-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

Definition of ailment

1 : a bodily disorder or chronic disease a stomach ailment
2 : unrest, uneasiness an emotional ailment

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Examples of ailment in a Sentence

She suffered from a chronic back ailment. The doctor treated him for a variety of ailments.
Recent Examples on the Web Fuller missed Week 1 due to suspension Week 2 for personal reasons, played in Week 3 in Las Vegas, dealt with chest/elbow injuries in the week leading up to the Colts loss and then left Sunday’s game early with his new ailment. David Furones,, 4 Oct. 2021 However, Aiyuk was a full participant in the three practices leading up to the season opener and his ailment didn’t prevent the 49ers from using him as their punt returner. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2021 There Renee was – dead from an undiagnosed heart ailment. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 Birds — dead ones, blind ones, primarily fledglings suffering from the unknown ailment — were brought to animal rehabilitators, veterinarians, and state and local wildlife officials. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 Nadal, one of three men to win 20 Grand Slam titles, had already skipped Wimbledon this summer, but did not recover from a left foot ailment in time to play in New York. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 More than 15,000 residents died from the ailment in New York state, leading to a federal probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the elderly home residents during the early days of the pandemic. Fox News, 13 July 2021 Pfennigs, making his third appearance since returning from a minor arm ailment, allowed just three hits and one earned run over five innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 2 May 2021 Swift, who had 104 total yards against the 49ers, did not play in the preseason because of the same ailment and was a full participant in practice all of last week. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of ailment

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ailment

ail entry 1 + -ment

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The first known use of ailment was in 1606

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15 Oct 2021

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“Ailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ailment

: a sickness or illness


ail·​ment | \ ˈāl-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

Kids Definition of ailment

: a sickness or disease


ail·​ment | \ ˈā(ə)l-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

Medical Definition of ailment

: a bodily disorder or chronic disease

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