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  • noun the consistency of something that breaks under pressure


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  • Reply Obj. 1: As rarity and density remain under the sacramental species, as stated above (A. 2, ad 3), so likewise porousness remains, and in consequence breakableness.

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition Aquinas Thomas

  • "I fancy that the breakableness is in the nature of the heart itself, and not of the iconoclast," said Cecil.

    The Farringdons Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler 1894

  • Of their dead selves to higher things; but the beauty, and excellence, and glory of love, the exceeding profitableness of enduring grace, and the sweet aroma of faithfulness, will be the more clearly manifest to the sons of men by reason of the weakness and breakableness of the human vessel.

    Our Master Thoughts for Salvationists about Their Lord Bramwell Booth 1892


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