Definition of debility in English:


Line breaks: de¦bil|ity
Pronunciation: /dɪˈbɪlɪti

noun (plural debilities)

[mass noun]
Physical weakness, especially as a result of illness: most of the cases presented with general debility, muscle weakness, and weight loss
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  • John Andrews, Minister of Finance, was born in the same year as Craig and, despite clear signs of physical debility, was to be the Prime Minister's successor.
  • Age, debility, poverty and illness were often factors that led to a favorable decision.
  • The symptoms were of severe general debility and vitamin deficiency.
frailty, weakness, feebleness, enfeeblement, enervation, devitalization, lack of energy, lack of vitality, lassitude, exhaustion, weariness, tiredness, overtiredness, fatigue, prostration;
incapacity, impairment, indisposition, infirmity, illness, sickness, sickliness, decrepitude, malaise
informal weediness
Medicine asthenia


late Middle English: from Old French debilite, from Latin debilitas, from debilis 'weak'.

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