fragile

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From Middle French fragile, from Latin fragilis, formed on frag-, the root of frangere (to break). Cognate with frail, fraction, fracture.

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fragile (comparative more fragile, superlative most fragile)

  1. Easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure.
    The chemist synthesizes a fragile molecule.
    The UN tries to maintain the fragile peace process in the region.
    He is a very fragile person and gets easily depressed.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin fragilis (fragile).

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fragile (masculine and feminine, plural fragiles)

  1. fragile

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German[edit]

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fragile

  1. inflected form of fragil

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fragilis.

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fragile m, f (masculine and feminine plural fragili)

  1. fragile

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Latin[edit]

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fragile

  1. nominative neuter singular of fragilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of fragilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of fragilis