Definition of infirmity in English:

infirmity

noun

  • Physical or mental weakness.

    ‘old age and infirmity come to men and women alike’
    ‘the infirmities of old age’
    • ‘As things stood at the beginning of 1990, Mrs Adam's life was reasonably settled and happy, taking into account her age and physical infirmity.’
    • ‘At the same time, widespread beliefs about the mental and physical infirmities associated with advancing age created stereotypes that were reflected in business practices.’
    • ‘Health expenses means expenditure on the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of illness, injury, infirmity or disability.’
    • ‘Clients are people who are unable to use regular public transport because of physical and sometimes mental disability or infirmity.’
    • ‘Many owners have found they were no longer able to use them as they got older because ill health or infirmity prevented them from travelling.’
    • ‘Home visits are also possible for those people who are unable to access the sessions because of ill-health, infirmity or care commitments.’
    • ‘It defines what it means to be civilised in uncivilised times, testifies to the healing properties of a sense of the ridiculous and hints that inner cheer can face down physical infirmity.’
    • ‘Lognar tried as best he could to maintain a stern and uncompromising demeanor with this enemy of his people, but was plainly worn out by his exertions and his obvious physical infirmity.’
    • ‘One thing is clear - the New Testament teaches that believers will suffer physical infirmity in this fallen world.’
    • ‘The organisation aims to provide financial and practical assistance to people in the Cricklade area who need support because of illness or infirmity.’
    • ‘There are other possibilities: insufficient exercise, unsuitable food, old age and infirmity, or genetic weaknesses.’
    • ‘Of course, there's no denying the fact that infirmity coupled with sickness will always stalk the retirees and seize every opportunity to pounce on us.’
    • ‘The claimant's interpretation gives the clause a more tautological aspect in as much as it would have the tendency to treat the condition and the physical infirmity or illness as the same thing.’
    • ‘This year unfortunately some of our volunteers are unable to help us through illness or infirmity and two of our younger members have moved away from the area.’
    • ‘The publication has only 163 pages, but it is full of the joy found in people when one sympathetically understands the oddness of age and mental infirmity.’
    • ‘That's generally a good indication of mental infirmity.’
    • ‘His attitude was doubtless due to his physical infirmity, which prevented him from being either an observer or an experimenter.’
    • ‘It is just as meaningful to speak of levels of vitality and healthfulness as of debility and infirmity.’
    • ‘That is to say it did not stem from any inherent infirmity or weakness or deficiency.’
    • ‘Our collective cultural belief is that aging brings illness and infirmity, along with a loss of status for women.’
    weakness, hesitation, uncertainty, inconstancy
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Pronunciation

infirmity

/inˈfərmədē//ɪnˈfərmədi/