Definition of fragility in US English:

fragility

noun

  • 1The quality of being easily broken or damaged.

    ‘osteoporosis is characterized by bone fragility’
    • ‘The objects on view will be changed every few months owing to their fragility.’
    • ‘In addition, there was a highly significant improvement in erythrocyte fragility, a marker of oxidative damage.’
    • ‘Osteoporosis is a disease marked by excessive skeletal fragility resulting in weakened bones that are susceptible to fracture.’
    • ‘First of all newspapers are rather flimsy by nature and thus quite perishable and this fragility tends to limit value.’
    • ‘Salcedo was interested in the precarious nature of the materials, the fragility of the hair.’
    • ‘Seen close up they took on all the fragility of a porcelain figurine.’
    • ‘Nestled within this second basket was another basket - a dainty, bowl-like slip of a thing, charming in its seeming fragility.’
    • ‘It is our hope that all who read these pages will pledge not to disturb the majesty and fragility of these champion trees.’
    • ‘But you won't find them in any supermarkets because of their fragility, so you'll have to grow your own.’
    • ‘The museum was built in 1972, although the chief's home and store remained closed because of their fragility.’
    • ‘Fracture is determined not only by the propensity to fall but also by the underlying fragility of the bone.’
    • ‘The fragility of his body, so evident in infantry combat, encouraged him to protect himself with shield, helmet, and body armour.’
    frailty, flimsiness, weakness, delicacy, daintiness, fineness, brittleness
    tenuousness, vulnerability, flimsiness, shakiness, rockiness, riskiness, unreliability, nebulosity, unsoundness, insecurity
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    1. 1.1 The quality of being delicate or vulnerable.
      ‘a film about the fragility of relationships’
      ‘his emotional fragility’
      • ‘There is no fragility or tenuousness to his character.’
      • ‘In buying their children accommodations to assuage their own anxiety, parents are actually locking their kids into fragility.’
      • ‘Politics, feminism, jealousy, and fragility of love are only a few issues tackled within this multi-layered film.’
      • ‘The fragility of the neo-colonial state becomes glaring and it cannot be counted on as an instrument of control and reform.’
      • ‘In time such increased financial fragility leads to outbreaks of financial instability despite prior stabilizing policies.’
      • ‘She is blessed with an exotic natural beauty and a porcelain fragility which cleverly disguises her great pliancy and strong technique.’
      • ‘He knew the fragility of the Roman Empire that he had rebuilt.’
      • ‘The paper itself is a lightweight Japanese sheet, adding to the atmosphere of fragility.’
      • ‘There is certain fragility about the current economic climate.’
      • ‘His hopefulness is connected to his understanding of the uniqueness and fragility of Grand Isle.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most serious weakness in the Chinese economy is the fragility of its banking sector.’
      • ‘Aside from power politics, a theme of all three authors is the extreme fragility of American economic power.’
      • ‘He is a member of the European Central Bank reporting group on financial fragility.’
      • ‘It may be painful but is always crucial to separate the fragility of the ego and the effectiveness of the writing.’
      • ‘You may project a fragility that makes others afraid they will break you by offering honest criticism.’
      • ‘It becomes not just a play about male insecurity but about the fragility of the bourgeois concept of ownership.’
      • ‘Childless, her condition provided my earliest impression of the fragility of life.’
      • ‘The fragility of our assumptions, the quickness of the turnarounds, the certain end of it all, is what gets him going.’
      • ‘The tragedy brought home to us once again the fragility of human endeavor.’
      • ‘He was obsessed with the idea of the fragility of our world.’

Pronunciation

fragility

/frəˈjilədē//frəˈdʒɪlədi/