Definition of debility in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈbilədē/


Physical weakness, especially as a result of illness.
Example sentences
  • 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.
incapacity, indisposition, infirmity, illness, sickness, sickliness;
Medicine  asthenia


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

Words that rhyme with debility

ability, agility, civility, docility, edibility, facility, fertility, flexility, fragility, futility, gentility, hostility, humility, imbecility, infantility, juvenility, liability, mobility, nihility, nobility, nubility, puerility, senility, servility, stability, sterility, tactility, tranquillity (US tranquility), usability, utility, versatility, viability, virility, volatility

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Syllabification: de·bil·i·ty

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