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(adj) very delicate, weak, easily broken Origin: L frangere, to break -> fragilis, easily broken. The word 'fragile' too is from the root fragilis. The child screamed with fright as the dog seized her frock in his teeth and dragged on it till the frail fabric tore away. Those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather. The ninety year old man could hardly stand up; he was very frail.

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