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fee·ble

 (fē′bəl)
adj. fee·bler, fee·blest
1.
a. Lacking bodily strength; weak: too feeble to climb the hill.
b. Having little intensity or strength; faint: feeble light; a feeble voice.
2. Having little capacity to withstand pressure or strain: the castle's feeble defenses.
3.
a. Lacking vigor or effectiveness; inadequate: a feeble attempt to apologize.
b. Showing little activity: a feeble housing market. See Synonyms at weak.

[Middle English feble, from Old French, from Latin flēbilis, lamentable, from flēre, to weep.]

fee′ble·ness n.
fee′bly adv.

feeble

(ˈfiːbəl)
adj
1. lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
2. inadequate; unconvincing: feeble excuses.
3. easily influenced or indecisive
[C12: from Old French feble, fleible, from Latin flēbilis to be lamented, from flēre to weep]
ˈfeebleness n
ˈfeebly adv

fee•ble

(ˈfi bəl)

adj. -bler, -blest.
1. physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
2. weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind.
3. lacking in volume, brightness, distinctness, etc.: feeble light.
4. lacking in substance or effectiveness: feeble arguments.
[1125–75; Middle English feble < Old French < Latin flēbilis lamentable =flē(re) to weep + -bilis -ble]
fee′ble•ness, n.
fee′blish, adj.
fee′bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.feeble - pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; "a feeble excuse"; "a lame argument"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
2.feeble - lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
3.feeble - lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"
frail - physically weak; "an invalid's frail body"
4.feeble - lacking strength; "a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
powerless - lacking power

feeble

feeble

adjective
2. So lacking in strength as to be barely audible:
3. Having little substance or significance; not solidly based:
Translations
ضَعيف
slabý
svag
hataraheikkovelttovoimaton
máttfarinn
nespēcīgsvārgs
beteženšibekslaboten

feeble

[ˈfiːbl] ADJ (feebler (compar) (feeblest (superl)))
1. (= weak) [person, cry, protest] → débil; [smile, laugh] → lánguido, débil; [light] → tenue
2. (= ineffective) [effort, attempt, resistance] → débil; [excuse, argument] → poco convincente, flojo; [joke] → soso

feeble

[ˈfiːbəl] adj
(= weak) [person] → faible
(= pale) [light] → faible
(= unconvincing) [argument] → piètrefeeble-minded [ˌfiːbəlˈmaɪndɪd] adjfaible d'esprit

feeble

adj (+er)
(= weak) personschwach, schwächlich; light, voiceschwach
(pej: = pathetic) person, effort, applause, support, smileschwach; attempt, performancekläglich; explanation, argument, ideawenig überzeugend; excusefaul (inf); jokelahm (inf); responsehalbherzig; don’t be so feeble!sei nicht so ein Waschlappen (inf)

feeble

[ˈfiːbl] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (gen) → debole; (joke) → pietoso/a (fam) (person) → rammollito/a

feeble

(ˈfiːbl) adjective
weak. The old lady has been rather feeble since her illness; a feeble excuse.
ˈfeebly adverb

feeble

a. débil, endeble.

feeble

adj débil
References in classic literature ?
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The telephone was now in existence, but it was the youngest and feeblest thing in the nation.
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At the first dawn of the morning we closed all the messy shutters of our old building; lighting a couple of tapers which, strongly perfumed, threw out only the ghastliest and feeblest of rays.
It will--it will"--here Valentin's voice sank to the feeblest murmur--"it will avenge you
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Even the college-bred and so-called liberally educated men here and elsewhere have really little or no acquaintance with the English classics; and as for the recorded wisdom of mankind, the ancient classics and Bibles, which are accessible to all who will know of them, there are the feeblest efforts anywhere made to become acquainted with them.
I never saw him properly because he was gone ashore and out of sight when I came on deck in the morning; but he gave me the notion of the feeblest creature that ever breathed.
She was subject to severe fits, which seemed to rack her frame almost beyond her power of endurance: and life was held by the feeblest tenure: but when a year and a half old, she seemed to rally; the dangerous symptoms subsided; and at twenty months old, she was perfectly well.
To say that during these proceedings Mr Willet the elder underwent the greatest emotions of astonishment of which our common nature is susceptible--to say that he was in a perfect paralysis of surprise, and that he wandered into the most stupendous and theretofore unattainable heights of complicated amazement--would be to shadow forth his state of mind in the feeblest and lamest terms.
Nobody knew that the Merdle of such high renown had ever done any good to any one, alive or dead, or to any earthly thing; nobody knew that he had any capacity or utterance of any sort in him, which had ever thrown, for any creature, the feeblest farthing-candle ray of light on any path of duty or diversion, pain or pleasure, toil or rest, fact or fancy, among the multiplicity of paths in the labyrinth trodden by the sons of Adam; nobody had the smallest reason for supposing the clay of which this object of worship was made, to be other than the commonest clay, with as clogged a wick smouldering inside of it as ever kept an image of humanity from tumbling to pieces.