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debility


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Debility  \De*bil"i*ty\,  n.  [L.  debilitas  fr  debilis  weak, 
  prob.  fr  de-  +  habilis  able:  cf  F.  d['e]bilit['e].  See 
  {Able},  a.] 
  The  state  of  being  weak;  weakness;  feebleness;  languor. 
 
  The  inconveniences  of  too  strong  a  perspiration,  which 
  are  debility,  faintness,  and  sometimes  sudden  death. 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  Syn:  {Debility},  {Infirmity},  {Imbecility}. 
 
  Usage:  An  infirmity  belongs,  for  the  most  part  to  particular 
  members,  and  is  often  temporary,  as  of  the  eyes,  etc 
  Debility  is  more  general,  and  while  it  lasts  impairs 
  the  ordinary  functions  of  nature.  Imbecility  attaches 
  to  the  whole  frame,  and  renders  it  more  or  less 
  powerless.  Debility  may  be  constitutional  or  may  be 
  the  result  or  superinduced  causes;  Imbecility  is 
  always  constitutional;  infirmity  is  accidental,  and 
  results  from  sickness  or  a  decay  of  the  frame.  These 
  words  in  their  figurative  uses,  have  the  same 
  distinctions;  we  speak  of  infirmity  of  will  debility 
  of  body,  and  an  Imbecility  which  affects  the  whole 
  man;  but  Imbecility  is  often  used  with  specific 
  reference  to  feebleness  of  mind. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  debility 
  n  :  the  state  of  being  weak  in  health  or  body  (especially  from 
  old  age)  [syn:  {infirmity},  {frailty},  {feebleness},  {frailness}] 




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