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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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feeble

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feeble

adjective
2. So lacking in strength as to be barely audible:
3. Having little substance or significance; not solidly based:
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

feeble

[ˈfiːbəl] adj
(= weak) [person] → faible
(= pale) [light] → faible
(= unconvincing) [argument] → piètrefeeble-minded [ˌfiːbəlˈmaɪndɪd] adjfaible d'esprit
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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)
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feeble

[ˈfiːbl] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (gen) → debole; (joke) → pietoso/a (fam) (person) → rammollito/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

feeble

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

a. débil, endeble.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

feeble

adj débil
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References in classic literature ?
It was a feebler relief, a feebler triumph she felt now, but the great dark eyes and the sweet lips were as beautiful as ever, perhaps more beautiful, for there was a more luxuriant womanliness about Hetty of late.
At a big station at a town the volunteers were again greeted with shouts and singing, again men and women with collecting boxes appeared, and provincial ladies brought bouquets to the volunteers and followed them into the refreshment room; but all this was on a much smaller and feebler scale than in Moscow.
Many of the Tahitians were at first disposed to resort to arms, and drive the invaders from their shores; but more pacific and feebler counsels ultimately prevailed.
And again and again she made the circuit of the island, (while the sun rushed down to his slumbers), and at each issuing into the light there was more sorrow about her person, while it grew feebler and far fainter and more indistinct, and at each passage into the gloom there fell from her a darker shade, which became whelmed in a shadow more black.
Caswall, for his efforts, without appearing to get feebler, seemed less effective.
He wished to excuse everything in her if he could-- but it was inevitable that in that excusing mood he should think of her as if she were an animal of another and feebler species.
He was thinking of the time that comes to every leader of every pack when his strength goes from him and he gets feebler and feebler, till at last he is killed by the wolves and a new leader comes up--to be killed in his turn.
In an instant's compass, great hearts sometimes condense to one deep pang, the sum total of those shallow pains kindly diffused through feebler men's whole lives.
By this time two of our feebler men and three of our women were dead, and others past moving and threat- ened with death.
Joe's station and influence were something feebler (if possible) when there was company, than when there was none.
"It is seldom that I have much health to boast of," replied the youth, in a feeble voice, and with a still feebler smile.
De la Rocheaimard gradually grew feebler, but she might still live months.