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valetudinarian

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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] valētūdinārius, from valetudo state of health, health, ill health, from valere to be strong or well.

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  • IPA: /ˌvæ.lə.ˌtuː.də.ˈnɛr.i.ən/

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  1. Of infirm health; seeking to recover health; sickly; weakly; infirm.
    The valetudinarian habit of discussing his health had grown on Rose... -- Florence Anne Sellar MacCunn, Sir Walter Scott's Friends, 1910, p. 234

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valetudinarian

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  1. A person in poor health or sickly, especially one who is constantly obsessed with their state of health
    The most uninformed mind, with a healthy body, is happier than the wisest valetudinarian. -- Thomas Jefferson, The Writings oF Thomas Jefferson, 1904, p. 168.

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