from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed; frail.
  • adj. Lacking physical or emotional strength; delicate.
  • adj. Lacking substance; tenuous or flimsy: a fragile claim to fame.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Easily broken; brittle; frail; delicate; easily destroyed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Easily broken; brittle; hence, offering weak resistance to any destroying force; weak; easily destroyed; liable to fail.
  • Synonyms Fragile, Frail; weak, infirm, slight, delicate. Fragile is nearly always restricted to the physical; frail applies to the physical, but has also been extended to the moral.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. easily broken or damaged or destroyed
  • adj. vulnerably delicate
  • adj. lacking substance or significance


French, from Old French, from Latin fragilis, from frangere, frag-, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fragilis, formed on frag-, the root of frangereĀ ("to break"). Cognate with frail, fraction, fracture. (Wiktionary)



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