debility

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From Middle English debylite, from Old French debilité (French débilité), from Latin debilitas (weakness), from debilis (weak), from de- + habilis (able).

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debility (plural debilities)

  1. A state of physical or mental weakness.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stephenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde:
      I was struck besides with the shocking expression of his face, with his remarkable combination of great muscular activity and great apparent debility of constitution

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