Definition of brittleness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪtlnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪtlnəs//
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  1. 1the quality of being hard but easily broken the hardness and brittleness of coal
  2. 2the quality of appearing to be strong but actually being easily damaged the growing brittleness of the country's economy
  3. 3the quality of appearing to be happy or confident but actually being nervous and easily upset There was some brittleness in his tone.