infirm

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Borrowing from Latin infirmus.

Adjective[edit]

infirm (comparative infirmer, superlative infirmest)

  1. Weak or ill, not in good health.
    He was infirm of body but still keen of mind, and though it looked like he couldn't walk across the room, he crushed me in debate.
    • Shakespeare
      A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man.
  2. Irresolute; weak of mind or will.
    • Burke
      An infirm judgment.
    • Shakespeare
      Infirm of purpose!
  3. Fail; unstable; insecure.
    • South
      He who fixes on false principles treads on infirm ground.

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Verb[edit]

infirm (third-person singular simple present infirms, present participle infirming, simple past and past participle infirmed)

  1. To contradict, to provide proof that something is not.
    The thought is that you see an episode of observation, experiment, or reasoning as confirming or infirming a hypothesis depending on whether your probability for it increases or decreases during the episode.

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