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1(of a person) weak and delicate.‘a frail voice’‘she looked frail and vulnerable’
infirm, weak, weakened, feeble, enfeebled, debilitated, incapacitated, crippled, wastedView synonyms
- ‘That would mean each vulnerable member of society, from frail pensioner to neglected child, being given the time and care they needed.’
- ‘Microsurgery and improved chemotherapy have made treatment less risky, and therefore an option for frail patients.’
- ‘He was desperately frail, too weak to move his limbs but still strong enough to let out that cry which tears at every human heart.’
- ‘During the day the bus takes vulnerable and frail people on shopping trips and outings.’
- ‘He was always treated by his parents as the baby of the family and, rather surprisingly, they considered him a sickly and frail child when it appears that this was not the case.’
- ‘Carers often feel stressed and isolated and some have given up their own careers and friends to look after a sick or frail family member, friend or a child with disabilities.’
- ‘Certainly given the difficult start he had in life it was indeed a miracle that he was able to achieve so much but, however, he remained a frail person all his life.’
- ‘Now the frail pensioner - who has recently undergone a hip replacement operation - says she doesn't know how she will cope until she collects her next pension.’
- ‘No one said anything but it was obvious that the whole village was thinking that if those strong healthy people tried and failed what chance could a small frail woman have.’
- ‘It can cause infections, especially among elderly or frail people.’
- ‘Many private homes have closed, being unable to meet the standards, disrupting the lives of many elderly and very frail people.’
- ‘A woman who watched her frail mother lie in agony after she developed bedsores at a private care home has vowed to help prevent elderly and immobile patients from having to endure the same pain.’
- ‘As a child in Germany he was frail and sickly, and because of this he became obsessed with his body image.’
- ‘The 90-year-old widow still kept lots of the old records she used to play at dance clubs all over the area, even after she was too frail to dance herself.’
- ‘The frail woman thanked the people who came to meet her and honour her father as well.’
- ‘Doctors have been trying to build up the frail boy's strength before any attempts are made to fix his swollen heart - the result of a birth defect.’
- ‘She added that had it been an elderly or frail person who was attacked, the whole situation could have been far worse.’
- ‘They will be frail people with lung disease, and most will never know that it was influenza which pushed them off the edge.’
- ‘We are bombarded with images of elderly people being frail and sickly.’
- ‘For frail people in the community, frequent reviews and adjustments of their care plans are likely to be needed.’
- 1.1Easily damaged or broken; fragile or insubstantial.‘the balcony is frail’‘the frail Russian economy’
fragile, breakable, easily broken, easily damaged, delicate, flimsy, insubstantialView synonyms
- ‘All of humanity there, frail and complicated and beautiful.’
- ‘With the numerous difficulties the country is experiencing due to the frail economy, Zambia has depended on such close allies to surmount her difficulties.’
- ‘The frail economies and volatile politics of some Pacific countries were also a concern for the leaders.’
- ‘Returning to the comfortable confines and relative tranquillity of his bedroom armed with just a keyboard, rickety drum machine and a guitar Ted started to write frail pop moments.’
- ‘Yet at the same time, it is so frail that one small piece of magnet, held nearby, can distort it totally.’
- ‘To bridge a gap is not to eliminate it; some bridges are robust and reliable but others are frail, brittle, and easily undone by outside circumstances.’
- ‘Markets will continue to wait for war and, in the process, further slow down an already frail economy.’
- ‘The country's administrative capabilities and public health services have remained frail and ineffective.’
- ‘Reviewers and critics frequently refuse to be honest about Australian movies because they believe this will damage the frail home industry.’
- 1.2Weak in character or morals.
weak, easily led, easily tempted, susceptible, impressionable, malleable, vulnerable, defenceless, impotentView synonyms
- ‘That's what public relations propaganda is all about - conning frail, vain humans.’
- ‘People are frail and make stupid mistakes and one kiss in a bar is not the end of the world, especially when she feels so bad about it.’
- ‘If you use it then you will likely to be perceived as brave or the opposite of coward or frail.’
Middle English: from Old French fraile, from Latin fragilis (see fragile).
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