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Definition of fragile adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 spoiled a fragile alliance/ceasefire/relationship The economy remains extremely fragile. In her job she was used to dealing with actors' fragile egos.
  3. 3delicate and often beautiful fragile beauty The woman's fragile face broke into a smile.
  4. 4not strong and likely to become sick Her father is now 86 and in fragile health.
noun [uncountable] the fragility of the human body There was an air of fragility about him.
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