Definition of infirmity in US English:



  • Physical or mental weakness.

    ‘old age and infirmity come to men and women alike’
    ‘the infirmities of old age’
    • ‘Home visits are also possible for those people who are unable to access the sessions because of ill-health, infirmity or care commitments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the same time, widespread beliefs about the mental and physical infirmities associated with advancing age created stereotypes that were reflected in business practices.’
    • ‘That is to say it did not stem from any inherent infirmity or weakness or deficiency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One thing is clear - the New Testament teaches that believers will suffer physical infirmity in this fallen world.’
    • ‘There are other possibilities: insufficient exercise, unsuitable food, old age and infirmity, or genetic weaknesses.’
    • ‘Health expenses means expenditure on the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of illness, injury, infirmity or disability.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clients are people who are unable to use regular public transport because of physical and sometimes mental disability or 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.’
    • ‘That's generally a good indication of mental infirmity.’
    • ‘Our collective cultural belief is that aging brings illness and infirmity, along with a loss of status for women.’
    • ‘His attitude was doubtless due to his physical infirmity, which prevented him from being either an observer or an experimenter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The organisation aims to provide financial and practical assistance to people in the Cricklade area who need support because of illness or infirmity.’
    • ‘It is just as meaningful to speak of levels of vitality and healthfulness as of debility and infirmity.’
    weakness, hesitation, uncertainty, inconstancy
    ailment, malady, illness, disease, disorder, sickness, affliction, complaint, upset, condition, indisposition
    frailty, weakness, feebleness, enfeeblement, delicacy, fragility, debility, debilitation, decrepitude, disability, impairment
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