Fragility
Fragility Fra*gil"i*ty, n. [L. fragilitas: cf. F. fragilit['e]. Cf. {Frailty}.] 1. The condition or quality of being fragile; brittleness; frangibility. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Weakness; feebleness. [1913 Webster]

An appearance of delicacy, and even of fragility, is almost essential to it [beauty]. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

3. Liability to error and sin; frailty. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The fragility and youthful folly of Qu. Fabius. --Holland. [1913 Webster]


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