fragile Definition

  • 1easily broken or damaged
  • 2delicate and vulnerable
  • 3requiring careful handling or sensitive treatment

Using fragile: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fragile" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The vase is very fragile, so please handle it with care.

  • Example

    His health was fragile after the surgery.

  • Example

    The peace agreement is still fragile and could easily be broken.

  • Example

    The ecosystem is fragile and needs to be protected.

fragile Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for fragile

Phrases with fragile

  • a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges, and various physical characteristics


    Fragile X syndrome is caused by a mutation in the FMR1 gene.

  • handle with care

    to treat something delicately and carefully, especially because it is fragile or valuable


    The package contains glassware, so please handle with care.

  • an ecosystem that is easily disrupted or damaged by human activity or natural disasters


    The coral reef is a fragile ecosystem that is threatened by pollution and climate change.

Origins of fragile

from Latin 'fragilis', meaning 'brittle'


Summary: fragile in Brief

The term 'fragile' [ˈfrædʒaɪl] describes something that is easily broken or damaged, delicate and vulnerable, or requiring careful handling. Examples include a fragile vase, a fragile peace agreement, and a fragile ecosystem. The phrase 'handle with care' is often used to indicate that something is fragile.

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