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Dictionary Definition

feeble adj
1 pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; "a feeble excuse"; "a lame argument" [syn: lame]
2 lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice" [syn: faint]
3 lacking physical strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless" [syn: decrepit, debile, infirm, sapless, weak, weakly]
4 lacking strength; "a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne [syn: nerveless]

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Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Deficient in physical strength; weak; infirm; debilitated.
    Though she appeared old and feeble, she could still throw a ball.
  2. Wanting force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; faint.
    That was a feeble excuse for an example.

Translations

deficient in physical strength
wanting force, vigor or efficiency in action or expression

Verb

  1. To make feeble; to enfeeble.

References

Extensive Definition

Feeble may refer to: A feeble object is a weaker or less strong object; also known to be worth less or worth nothing.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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