debility
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English debilite, from Middle French debilité, from Latin debilitat-, debilitas, from debilis, from de- de- + -bilis; akin to Sanskrit bala strength Date: 15th century weakness, infirmity

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  • Debility — De*bil i*ty, n. [L. debilitas, fr. debilis weak, prob. fr. de + habilis able: cf. F. d[ e]bilit[ e]. See {Able}, a.] The state of being weak; weakness; feebleness; languor. [1913 Webster] The inconveniences of too strong a perspiration, which are …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Debility — can refer to: Debility (medical) Debility (astrology) This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to …   Wikipedia

  • debility — index disability (physical inability), fault (weakness), frailty, impotence, impuissance, languor, prostration …   Law dictionary

  • debility — early 15c., from M.Fr. debilite (Mod.Fr. débilité) or directly from L. debilitatem (nom. debilitas) a laming, crippling, weakening, from debilis lame, disabled, crippled, figuratively weak, helpless, from de from, away (see DE (Cf. de )) + bilis… …   Etymology dictionary

  • debility — [n] incapacity, weakness decrepitude, disease, enervation, enfeeblement, exhaustion, faintness, feebleness, frailty, infirmity, languor, malaise, sickliness, unhealthiness; concept 316 Ant. ability, capability, health, strength, vigor …   New thesaurus

  • debility — ► NOUN ▪ physical weakness …   English terms dictionary

  • debility — [də bil′ə tē] n. pl. debilities [ME debilite < OFr débilité < L debilitas, weakness < debilis: see DEBILITATE] weakness or feebleness, esp. of the body …   English World dictionary

  • debility — [[t]dɪbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] debilities N VAR Debility is a weakness of a person s body or mind, especially one caused by an illness. [FORMAL] Anxiety or general debility can play a part in food intolerance or allergy. Syn: weakness, infirmity …   English dictionary

  • debility — UK [dɪˈbɪlətɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms debility : singular debility plural debilities formal a state in which you are physically or mentally weak, usually because of an illness …   English dictionary

  • debility — /di bil i tee/, n., pl. debilities. 1. a weakened or enfeebled state; weakness: Debility prevented him from getting out of bed. 2. a particular mental or physical handicap; disability. [1425 75; late ME debylite < MF debilite < L debilitas, equiv …   Universalium

  • debility — de|bil|i|ty [dıˈbılıti] n plural debilities [U and C] formal weakness, especially as the result of illness →↑disability ▪ physical and mental debility …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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