feeble

Definitions

  • A TOO-FEEBLE EXPLETIVE
    A TOO-FEEBLE EXPLETIVE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj feeble lacking strength "a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne"
    • adj feeble lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality "a feeble old woman","her body looked sapless"
    • adj feeble lacking strength or vigor "damning with faint praise","faint resistance","feeble efforts","a feeble voice"
    • adj feeble pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness "a feeble excuse","a lame argument"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Feeble Deficient in physical strength; weak; infirm; debilitated. "Carried all the feeble of them upon asses."
    • v. t Feeble To make feble; to enfeeble. "Shall that victorious hand be feebled here?"
    • Feeble Wanting force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; not full, loud, bright, strong, rapid, etc.; faint; as, a feeble color; feeble motion. "A lady's feeble voice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • feeble Miserable; poor; common; mean.
    • feeble Lacking strength; lacking capacity for forcible action or resistance; weak; specifically, reduced to a state of weakness, as by sickness or age.
    • feeble Wanting in force exerted, whether of action or resistance; lacking in intensity, vividness, energy, or efficiency; faint: as, a feeble voice; a feeble light; feeble thinking; a feeble argument or poem.
    • feeble Exhibiting or indicating weakness: as, a feeble appearance. Synonyms Sickly, languishing, enervated, frail, drooping.
    • n feeble A feeble person.
    • n feeble Weakness; feebleness.
    • n feeble Same as foible, 1.
    • feeble To weaken; enfeeble.
    • feeble To grow faint or weak.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Feeble fē′bl weak: wanting in strength of body, energy, or efficiency: showing weakness or incapacity: faint: dull
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “A feeble body weakens the mind.”
  • Alexander Herzen
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    “I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought.”
  • Jeane Platiere
    Jeane Platiere
    “The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, and the skillful direct it.”
  • Sydney Smith
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    “The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. feble, OF. feble, flebe, floibe, floible, foible, F. faible, L. flebilis, to be wept over, lamentable, wretched, fr. flere, to weep. Cf. Foible
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. foible, for floible—L. flebilis, lamentable, from flēre, to weep.

Usage

In literature:

Charlie is very feeble and unable to work.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
From his feeble efforts and broken narrative I collected thus much concerning his family and fortune.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The Duke himself was old, feeble, and almost imbecile.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Fay's was not a suspicious nature in its normal state, but most persons of feeble judgment become suspicious when life becomes difficult.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
The mother is feeble-minded, and the father died in a mental hospital.
"Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders" by W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
The garrison of that city was too feeble to sustain an attack and must yield to the enemy.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Is it desired to eliminate feeble-mindedness?
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Feeble-minded, the, I, 37; Dr. John Punton on, I, 42; Dr. Max Schlapp on, I, 39; segregation and treatment of, I, 42.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
Suppose now that a normal or "strong-minded" person, if we may use that term as distinct from feeble-minded, marries a feeble-minded person.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
What gives us feeble-minded children from feeble-minded parents is clear.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
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In poetry:

Growl away, but live and labour
Till your race be run,
Helping every feeble neighbour,
Seeking help from none.
"The Patrol And The Gold-Digger" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
As some poor, feeble wanderer,
With age and sorrow bent,
The April of my years, alas,
Thus listlessly I spent;
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
Let not the subtle foe prevail
In this my feeble hour,
Frustrate all the hopes of hell
Redeem from Satan's pow'r.
"In Sickness" by Augustus Montague Toplady
Perchance there lies some latent good
Beyond my feeble ken,
By angels seen and understood,
But not perceived by men.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
And, when the house was finished,
Uncle Jacob came to pray;
He was looking mighty feeble,
And his head was awful gray.
"Church Building" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Lord, can a feeble, helpless worm
Fulfil a task so hard?
Thy grace must all my work perform,
And give the free reward.
"Hymn 161" by Isaac Watts

In news:

'Alex Cross' gets a feeble, miscast reboot.
His suggestion that a businessman looks at both sides of an issue and choses the one that he thinks will produce the best result is fraught with feeble thinking.
Fidel Castro, frail and feeble, is still hanging on, with brother Raoul Castro running the country.
The patient was physically feeble, but no focal neurologic signs or symptoms were noted.
Feeble US Job Growth Stokes Fears of Global Slowdown.
Is Iran the world's greatest threat, or a feeble, paranoid regime made weak by economic sanctions.
Cruise 'Feeble' in Valkyrie .
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — These WNBA Finals are not for the feeble.
'Mummy': First-rate visual effects, feeble story line.
He has also written two books - "Reflections in Missouri Mud," and " Fragments of my Feeble Mind.".
Yankees looking feeble and futile .
Amendment 65 is an attempt, albeit a feeble one, to address campaign finance reform.
It's the times, it's the age, it's the chorus of voices—in our heads and otherwise—telling us daily that everything sucks and that hope is a feeble, four-letter word.
Horace Mann Satirized— A Feeble Tract, Alas, and Stale.
Andrew Haeg, a co-creator of a journalism crowdsourcing platform, was searching for an indoor tree for his new home in St Paul, Minn. One thing this oasis would need is an indoor tree that could withstand the feeble light of winter.
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In science:

Hence the carrier density oscillates around a mean value due to the density fluctuations and the effect of perturbation in the density relaxation remains feeble and short lived.
Relaxation in open one-dimensional systems
The study presented in this work removes a common assumption, made for all previous estimates, that neutrino-neutrino interactions are too feeble to cause any flavor conversion.
Effect of Collective Flavor Oscillations on the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background
This feeble disk will dominate over both the red and the white dwarf.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
Planetesimals themselves are unlikely to form by two-body collisions; sub-km ob jects have gravitational fields individually too weak, and electrostatic attraction is too feeble for growth beyond a few cm.
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
It presents the most challenging of terrains; here grain surfaces are insufficiently sticky and the gravity of a single ob ject too feeble.
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
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