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 for frail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  frail \frail\, a. [Compar. frailer (fr[=a]l"[~e]r); superl.
     frailest.] [OE. frele, freile, OF. fraile, frele, F.
     fr[^e]le, fr. L. fragilis. See Fragile.]
     1. Easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to
        fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life;
        weak; infirm.
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              That I may know how frail I am.       --Ps. xxxix.
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              An old bent man, worn and frail.      --Lowell.
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     2. Tender. [Obs.]
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              Deep indignation and compassion frail. --Spenser.
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     3. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong
        against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; --
        often applied to fallen women.
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              Man is frail, and prone to evil.      --Jer. Taylor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  frail \frail\ (fr[=a]l), n. [OE. fraiel, fraile, OF. fraiel,
     freel, frael, fr. LL. fraellum.]
     A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and
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     2. The quantity of raisins -- about thirty-two, fifty-six, or
        seventy-five pounds, -- contained in a frail.
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     3. A rush for weaving baskets. --Johnson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: physically weak; "an invalid's frail body" [ant:
      2: wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the
         attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings; "I'm only
         a fallible human"; "frail humanity" [syn: fallible,
         frail, imperfect, weak]
      3: easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate
         to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old
         bones"; "a frail craft" [syn: delicate, fragile, frail]
      n 1: the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs;
           between 50 and 75 pounds
      2: a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  218 Moby Thesaurus words for "frail":
     Adamic, Adamite, Adamitic, abulic, afraid, ailing, airy,
     anthropocentric, anthropological, attenuate, attenuated,
     backsliding, boyish, breakable, brittle, brittle as glass,
     cachectic, capricious, carnal, changeable, cheap-jack, cobwebby,
     consumptive, corruptible, cowardly, crackable, crippled, crisp,
     crispy, crumbly, crushable, dainty, debilitated, deciduous,
     decrepit, delicate, delicately weak, diaphanous, diluted, drained,
     dying, earthy, effeminate, enervated, ephemeral, erring, ethereal,
     evanescent, exhausted, fading, failing, faint, fainthearted,
     fallen, feeble, feebleminded, fickle, fine, fine-drawn, finespun,
     finite, fissile, fleeting, fleshly, flimsy, flitting, fly-by-night,
     flying, foible, fracturable, fragile, frailty, frangible, friable,
     fugacious, fugitive, gauzy, gimcrack, gimcracky, girlish, gossamer,
     gossamery, gracile, healthless, hominal, homocentric, human,
     humanistic, ill, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, impure,
     in poor health, inconstant, infirm, insubstantial, invalid,
     invertebrate, jerry, jerry-built, lacerable, lacy, languishing,
     lapsed, light, lightweight, man-centered, misty, momentary,
     moribund, mortal, mutable, namby-pamby, nondurable, nonpermanent,
     of easy virtue, only human, pale, papery, passing, pasteboardy,
     peaked, peaky, peccable, perishable, petty, phthisic, pliable,
     poorly, postlapsarian, prodigal, puny, rare, rarefied, recidivist,
     recidivistic, reduced, reduced in health, run-down, scissile,
     scrawny, shatterable, shattery, shivery, short-lived, sick, sickly,
     sissified, skinny, sleazy, slender, slenderish, slight,
     slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, small, spineless, splintery,
     subtle, svelte, sylphlike, tacky, tellurian, temporal, temporary,
     tenuous, thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinnish,
     threadlike, transient, transitive, transitory, unangelic, unchaste,
     unclean, undurable, unenduring, ungodly, ungood, unhealthy,
     unrighteous, unsaintly, unsound, unstable, unsubstantial,
     unvirtuous, unwell, vague, valetudinarian, valetudinary, vice,
     virtueless, volatile, vulnerable, wanton, wasp-waisted,
     wasting away, watered, watered-down, watery, wayward, weak,
     weak-kneed, weak-minded, weak-willed, weakened, weakly, willowy,
     wiredrawn, wispy, with low resistance, womanish

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