noun (plural frailties)[mass noun]
- 1The condition of being weak and delicate: the increasing frailty of old ageMore example sentences
- This gradual loss has been tied to protein deficiency, lack of exercise, and increased frailty among the elderly.
- Despite her age and increasing frailty she was out on the streets last year in her wheelchair, raising more than £50.
- That ageing is an independent contributor is not surprising, because frailty increases with age, raising the risk of falls and failure of other organ systems.
- 1.1Weakness in character or morals: all drama begins with human frailty [count noun]: you’re too self-righteous to see your own frailtiesMore example sentences
- Its characters offer human frailties, weaknesses and moral dilemmas that draw us in.
- And it reveals the character's human frailties, without justifying or condemning his actions.
- It's the foibles and frailties of the characters we love the most.
Middle English (in the sense 'weakness in morals'): from Old French frailete, from Latin fragilitas, from fragilis (see fragile).