Definition of fragile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfrædʒaɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrædʒl//
    Poor health, Being ill
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  1. 1easily broken or damaged fragile china/glass/bones Be careful not to drop it; it’s very fragile.
  2. 2weak and uncertain; easily destroyed or spoilt a fragile alliance/ceasefire/relationship The economy remains extremely fragile. In her job she was used to dealing with actors’ fragile egos. fragile habitats threatened by pollution
  3. 3delicate and often beautiful fragile beauty The woman's fragile face broke into a smile.
  4. 4not strong and likely to become ill/sick Her father is now 86 and in fragile health. (British English, informal) I'm feeling a bit fragile after last night (= not well, perhaps because of drinking too much alcohol). See related entries: Poor health, Being ill
  5. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘morally weak’): from Latin fragilis, from frangere ‘to break’. The sense ‘liable to break’ dates from the mid 16th cent.
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