Fragile Definition

frăjəl, -īl
Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed.
Webster's New World
Physically weak; frail; delicate.
Webster's New World
Tenuous; flimsy.
A fragile hope.
Webster's New World

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

The chemist synthesizes a fragile molecule.
The UN tries to maintain the fragile peace process in the region.
He is a very fragile person and gets easily depressed.

Origin of Fragile

  • From Middle French fragile, from Latin fragilis, formed on frag-, the root of frangere (“to break”). Cognate with frail, fraction, fracture.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Old French from Latin fragilis from frangere frag- to break bhreg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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