Adjective "frailty" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The condition of being weak and delicate.
  1. 'Historically the body and its frailty were much more difficult to escape than in our own age.'
  2. 'As if to emphasise his credentials, he has been at it again this week, hauling himself into contention at the Masters with a familiar mixture of fearlessness and frailty.'
  3. 'The frailty of memory in general is an important theme, but how an epidemic of that proportion gets virtually wiped out of the collective memory is still a mystery.'
  4. 'By the end of the decade there were few speaking as they had been only ten years earlier of US economic frailty or an American inability to compete effectively.'
  5. 'However, those hopes were undermined and then ultimately shattered by a combination of injuries and growing defensive frailty.'
  6. 'The beauty of a living thing springs directly from its frailty, its coming and its going.'
  7. 'This gradual loss has been tied to protein deficiency, lack of exercise, and increased frailty among the elderly.'
  8. 'The frailty of the government's authority was underscored on the road north, when we were stopped at a roadblock by a group of men with assault rifles.'
  9. 'The home visiting service affords benefit to those who are unable to leave their home, due to frailty, disability, illness, or the effects of undergoing cancer treatments.'
  10. 'Some things about skiing - gravity, the inconvenient frailty of bone and sinew - never change.'
  11. 'all drama begins with human frailty'
  12. 'It may not have been calculated, but the effect of talking about drink and displaying his frailty was to pick him out from the political crowd as if by a personal spotlight.'
  13. 'Like a little plumped up raisin, he exudes vanity, smugness and frailty and desolation in equal measure.'
  14. 'It's in complete disregard of the frailties of human nature.'
  15. 'Its characters offer human frailties, weaknesses and moral dilemmas that draw us in.'
  16. 'But the fact he also had real human frailties made him a greater man than was realised by those who could not see through the fog of adulation.'
  17. 'As we will see, his works display an acute awareness of human faults and frailties and his writing exhibits a vividness and an elegance that makes it a pleasure to read.'
  18. 'Vanity and bravery rarely come this distilled in real people: our courage and frailty arrive in random combination.'
  19. 'The problem with priests is that they are human and suffer the same frailties and imperfections as other humans such as myself.'
  20. 'The play, written in lucid verse, portrays a human being who transcended human frailties.'
  21. 'It's even more difficult to admit we're human and all our frailties that come along with it.'

More definitions

noun, plural frailties for


1. the quality or state of being frail.

2. moral weakness; liability to yield to temptation.

3. a fault resulting from moral weakness: frailties of the human flesh.


Middle English (in the sense ‘weakness in morals’): from Old French frailete, from Latin fragilitas, from fragilis (see fragile).