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fragile

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Etymology

From the [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] adjective fragilis, formed on frag, the root of frangere, "to break". Cognate with frail.

Pronunciation

Adjective

fragile (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
fragile

Comparative
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Superlative
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  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.

Translations


French

Pronunciation

Adjective

fragile

  1. fragile

Related terms

  • fragiliser
  • fragilité

Italian

Adjective

fragile m and f (m and f plural fragili)

  1. fragile

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