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Webster 1913 Edition


Fragile

Frag′ile

,
Adj.
[L.
fragilis
, from
frangere
to break; cf. F.
fragile
. See
Break
,
Verb.
T.
, and cf.
Frail
,
Adj.
]
Easily broken; brittle; frail; delicate; easily destroyed.
Frag′ile-ly
,
adv.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fragile

FRAG'ILE

,
Adj.
[L. fragilis, from frango, to break.]
1.
Brittle; easily broken.
The stalk of ivy is tough, and not fragile.
2.
Weak; liable to fail; easily destroyed; as fragile arms.

Definition 2022


fragile

fragile

English

Adjective

fragile (comparative fragiler, superlative fragilest)

  1. Easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure.
    The chemist synthesizes a fragile molecule.
    The UN tries to maintain the fragile peace process in the region.
    He is a very fragile person and gets easily depressed.

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French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin fragilis. Doublet of frêle

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fʁa.ʒil/
  • Homophone: fragiles

Adjective

fragile m, f (plural fragiles)

  1. fragile

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German

Adjective

fragile

  1. inflected form of fragil

Italian

Etymology

From Latin fragilis.

Adjective

fragile m, f (masculine and feminine plural fragili)

  1. fragile

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Latin

Adjective

fragile

  1. nominative neuter singular of fragilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of fragilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of fragilis