- The definition of fragile is someone or something delicate, flimsy or easily broken.
- An example of fragile is thin porcelain china.
- An example of fragile is someone with brittle bone disease.
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- easily broken, damaged, or destroyed
- physically weak; frail; delicate
- tenuous; flimsy: a fragile hope
Origin: ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin fragilis ; from frangere, break
- fragility noun
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- Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed; frail.
- Lacking physical or emotional strength; delicate.
- Lacking substance; tenuous or flimsy: a fragile claim to fame.
Origin: French, from Old French, from Latin fragilis, from frangere, frag-, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- fragˈile·ly adverb
- fra·gilˈi·ty , fragˈile·ness noun