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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fragile mean? 

FRAGILE (adjective)
  The adjective FRAGILE has 3 senses:

1. easily broken or damaged or destroyed
2. vulnerably delicate
3. lacking solidity or strength and liable to break

  Familiarity information: FRAGILE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

FRAGILE (adjective)

Sense 1fragile [BACK TO TOP]


Easily broken or damaged or destroyed


fragile; delicate; frail

Context examples:

a kite too delicate to fly safely / fragile porcelain plates / fragile old bones / a frail craft


breakable (capable of being broken or damaged)

Sense 2fragile [BACK TO TOP]


Vulnerably delicate

Context example:

she has the fragile beauty of youth


delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)

Sense 3fragile [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking solidity or strength and liable to break


flimsy; fragile

Context examples:

a flimsy table / flimsy construction / a fragile link with the past


weak (having little physical or spiritual strength)

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