Definition of debility in US English:

debility

noun

  • Physical weakness, especially as a result of illness.

    • ‘General debility because of long working hours, and low and infrequent intake of food and nutrition’
    • ‘When I began wondering about what it's like to get older, I couldn't find much good, popular writing about it that is not focused on decline, debility and death.’
    • ‘It is just as meaningful to speak of levels of vitality and healthfulness as of debility and infirmity.’
    • ‘Age, debility, poverty and illness were often factors that led to a favorable decision.’
    • ‘Symptoms of chronic intoxication include anorexia, gastrointestinal disturbances, debility, confusion, dermatitis, menstrual disorders, anemia, convulsions, and alopecia.’
    • ‘The symptoms were of severe general debility and vitamin deficiency.’
    • ‘Many, though not all, cases resulting in debility stemmed from chronic diarrhea or dysentery.’
    • ‘Prolonged immobilization, such as may occur with hospitalization, trauma, or general debility, is one risk factor.’
    • ‘John Andrews, Minister of Finance, was born in the same year as Craig and, despite clear signs of physical debility, was to be the Prime Minister's successor.’
    • ‘And at the extremes, there are certainly correlations between advanced age and debility that increase the risk of complications.’
    • ‘He appears to have some sort of age-related mental debility.’
    • ‘She will remember her father, who served in both world wars, and whose life was fore-shortened by nervous debility brought on by his experiences.’
    • ‘On one level he clearly wants to overcome his debility, and live comic performance is the extraordinary way in which he has chosen to do that.’
    • ‘Heart disease in a leading cause of death and debility among our canine friends.’
    • ‘A small or weak pulse indicates general debility and possible anemia.’
    • ‘He is now, at 79, battling the increasing debility of his body, which is failing under the invasion of Parkinson's disease.’
    • ‘Coronary Artery Disease is a major cause of debility and death in the United States and in other developed nations.’
    • ‘Furthermore, AIDS typically does not kill its victims immediately but subjects them to a prolonged period of gradually mounting debility and incapacity.’
    • ‘For months I had suffered unexplained pain, weight loss, and increased debility.’
    • ‘And yet, 40 percent of us will die after a period of protracted debility and feeble dementia stretching on average for some seven to 10 years.’
    frailty, weakness, feebleness, enfeeblement, enervation, devitalization, lack of energy, lack of vitality, lassitude, exhaustion, weariness, tiredness, overtiredness, fatigue, prostration
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French debilite, from Latin debilitas, from debilis ‘weak’.

Pronunciation

debility

/dəˈbilədē//dəˈbɪlədi/