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Requiring careful or tactful treatment:
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  1. Requiring careful or tactful treatment:
  2. Easily broken or damaged:
  3. Marked by sensitivity of discrimination:
Of or produced by sickness
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  1. Of or produced by sickness
  2. Faint; feeble
  3. Lacking vigor or strength; feeble or weak:
Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use.
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  1. Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use.
Light, thin, and insubstantial:
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  1. Light, thin, and insubstantial:
  2. Lacking plausibility; unconvincing:
  3. Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
  1. Mentally deficient
  2. Showing weakness of resolve or thought
  3. Of less than normal intellect. Not in scientific use.
Despicable and cowardly.
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  1. Despicable and cowardly.
  2. Evil, mean, or cowardly
(Chiefly Southern US) Sickly; ill.
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  1. (Chiefly Southern US) Sickly; ill.
  2. Of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak:
Having a body characterized by fleshiness or softness, as from being somewhat overweight:
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  1. Having a body characterized by fleshiness or softness, as from being somewhat overweight:
  2. Lacking firmness; limp and soft; flaccid
  3. Soft and hanging loosely or in folds:
Lacking force; weak; feeble
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  1. Lacking force; weak; feeble
  2. Hanging in loose folds or wrinkles; soft and limp; flabby
Showing impairment of energy or strength; enfeebled.
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  1. Showing impairment of energy or strength; enfeebled.
Having the qualities generally attributed to women, as weakness, timidity, delicacy, etc.; unmanly; not virile
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  1. Having the qualities generally attributed to women, as weakness, timidity, delicacy, etc.; unmanly; not virile
  2. Characterized by such qualities; weak; soft, decadent, etc.
  3. Having or showing qualities or characteristics more often associated with females than males; unmanly:
Easily broken; frail
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  1. Easily broken; frail
  2. Without force or effectiveness
  3. Having little intensity or strength; faint:
Easily led astray; morally weak.
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  1. Easily led astray; morally weak.
  2. Easily broken, shattered, damaged, or destroyed; fragile; delicate
  3. Slender and delicate; not robust; weak
Not strong or stable; shaky:
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  1. Not strong or stable; shaky:
  2. Weak in body or mind, especially from old age or disease.
  3. Not stable, firm, or sound; frail; shaky, as a structure
(Geology) At the end of an erosion cycle:
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  1. (Geology) At the end of an erosion cycle:
  2. Being a disease or condition whose cause is primarily advanced age:
  3. Showing the marked deterioration often accompanying old age, esp. mental impairment characterized by confusion, memory loss, etc.
That will do for a while as a substitute
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  1. That will do for a while as a substitute
  2. Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.
Emotionally fragile, easily offended.
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  1. Emotionally fragile, easily offended.
  2. Inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.
  3. Easily damaged or disrupted; fragile:
Lacking material substance; insubstantial.
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  1. Lacking material substance; insubstantial.
  2. Lacking basis in fact.
  3. Not solid or heavy; flimsy; light
Alternative spelling of jerrybuilt.
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  1. Alternative spelling of jerrybuilt.
  2. Built poorly, of cheap materials
Weak in the joints; tottering
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  1. Weak in the joints; tottering
  2. Likely to break or fall apart; shaky.
  3. Liable to collapse or break down because weak or unsteady
Ready to tumble down; dilapidated
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  1. Ready to tumble down; dilapidated
  2. In disrepair; poorly maintained
  3. Being in such bad repair as to seem in danger of collapsing; very dilapidated or rickety:
Shabby, dirty, and vulgar; tawdry:
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  1. Shabby, dirty, and vulgar; tawdry:
  2. Thin and loosely woven; flimsy:
  3. Flimsy or thin in texture or substance; lacking firmness
Open to question or doubt:
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  1. Open to question or doubt:
  2. Nervous; Anxious.
  3. Not firm, substantial, or secure; weak, unsound, or unsteady
Erratic in habits, purpose, or behavior
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  1. Erratic in habits, purpose, or behavior
  2. Not even or regular; wavering:
  3. Not firm or stable; shaky
In disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles.
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  1. In disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles.
  2. 2012 September 7, Dominic Fifield, “England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova", The Guardian:
  3. So poorly constructed or kept up that disintegration is likely; rickety:
Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
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  1. Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
  2. Morally corrupt or despicable:
  3. Soft or easily broken as because of decomposition; friable
Tending to wobble; unsteady.
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  1. Tending to wobble; unsteady.
  2. Inclined to wobble; shaky
Alternative spelling of top-heavy.
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  1. Alternative spelling of top-heavy.
  2. Likely to topple because of an uneven distribution of weight, with the majority being at the top.
  3. So heavy at the top relative to the base as to be likely to fall over or collapse
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  1. Lacking nerve: fearful; cowardly.
  2. (Biology) Lacking a nervous system.
  3. Not nervous; cool; controlled
Cowardly; timid; shy
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Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
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  1. Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
  2. Not resolute; wavering in decision, purpose, or opinion; indecisive; vacillating
  3. Lacking in resolution; indecisive.
Characterized by or having a disordered state of the nerves
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  1. Characterized by or having a disordered state of the nerves
  2. Of the nerves
  3. Marked by or having a feeling of unease or apprehension:
Without spines, or thorny processes
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  1. Without spines, or thorny processes
  2. Lacking a spinal column; invertebrate.
  3. Having a weak or flexible backbone
Having the string or strings loosened or detached, as a bow, racket, etc.
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  1. Having the string or strings loosened or detached, as a bow, racket, etc.
  2. (Informal) Emotionally upset.
  3. Nervous or upset; unnerved
Trembling or shaking.
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  1. Trembling or shaking.
  2. Trembling as if afflicted with palsy.
  3. Affected with palsy.
Irresolute or indecisive:
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  1. Irresolute or indecisive:
  2. Weak; feeble; dull
  3. Lacking in purpose; weak or ineffective:
Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
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  1. Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
  2. Inclined or tending to hesitate.
  1. Liable to vacillate; wavering, irresolute.
  2. Wavering or tending to waver in motion, opinion, etc.
Filled with fright; terrified
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  1. Filled with fright; terrified
Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty:
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  1. Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty:
  2. Light or sheer, as certain fabrics
  3. Lacking radiance or intensity:
Relatively small. Used of a cost, price, or other value:
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  1. Relatively small. Used of a cost, price, or other value:
  2. Cut to show the wearer's neck and chest; décolleté:
  3. Not loud; soft:
Not sharply drawn or delineated:
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  1. Not sharply drawn or delineated:
  2. Gentle; low; not loud or harsh
  3. Having a low or lower power of penetration:
Faint; dim:
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  1. Faint; dim:
  2. Not seen, heard, or perceived clearly; faint; dim; obscure
  3. Not clearly or sharply delineated:
Having little capacity to withstand pressure or strain:
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  1. Having little capacity to withstand pressure or strain:
  2. Without force or effectiveness
  3. Having little intensity or strength; faint:
Likely to fall into a faint; dizzy and weak:
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  1. Likely to fall into a faint; dizzy and weak:
  2. Small in degree or amount; meager:
  3. So weak as to be difficult to perceive;
Not clear or distinct in character; lacking definition, distinction, strength, etc.
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  1. Not clear or distinct in character; lacking definition, distinction, strength, etc.
  2. Not bright; somewhat dark
  3. Emitting only a small amount of light; faint:
Reduced; lowered; restrained; as, to speak with bated breath.
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  1. Reduced; lowered; restrained; as, to speak with bated breath.
Not audible; that cannot be heard or be distinctly heard
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  1. Not audible; that cannot be heard or be distinctly heard
  2. Impossible to hear:
  3. Unable to be heard or not loud enough to be heard.
Not harsh or severe:
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  1. Not harsh or severe:
  2. Requiring relatively little equipment and using relatively simple processes to produce consumer goods:
  3. Low in quantity or intensity:
That has been interrupted, suppressed etc
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Not vivid; not brilliant; dim
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  1. Not vivid; not brilliant; dim
  2. Not clear or resonant:
  3. Not bright, vivid, or shiny:
Of a whitish or colorless complexion; pallid; wan
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  1. Of a whitish or colorless complexion; pallid; wan
  2. Feeble; weak:
  3. Of a low intensity of light; dim or faint:
Little in size, esp. when compared with others of the same kind; not large or big; limited in size
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  1. Little in size, esp. when compared with others of the same kind; not large or big; limited in size
  2. Having been belittled; humiliated:
  3. Being below average in quantity or extent:
Practically worthless; trifling; insignificant; contemptible; petty
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  1. Practically worthless; trifling; insignificant; contemptible; petty
  2. Marked by meanness or lack of generosity; contemptible:
  3. Very small or inadequate in amount; negligible:
Not effectual; not producing or not able to produce the desired effect
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  1. Not effectual; not producing or not able to produce the desired effect
  2. Weak; lacking forcefulness
  3. Lacking forcefulness or effectiveness; inadequate or incompetent:
  1. Lacking in ability; incompetent or inadequate
  2. Not producing an intended effect; ineffectual:
  3. Not effective; not producing the desired effect; ineffectual
Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
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  1. Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
  2. Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc.
  3. Not adequate; not sufficient; not equal to what is required
Lacking physical strength or vigor; weak.
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  1. Lacking physical strength or vigor; weak.
  2. Unable to engage in sexual intercourse, esp. because of an inability to have or sustain an erection
  3. Lacking in power, as to act effectively; helpless:
Poorly or inadequately equipped.
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  1. Poorly or inadequately equipped.
  2. Not properly equipped; poorly prepared
  3. Not well equipped; lacking important resources and supplies
Accommodating a restricted number of passengers, making fewer stops than on the regular runs, and often charging extra fare
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  1. Accommodating a restricted number of passengers, making fewer stops than on the regular runs, and often charging extra fare
  2. Confined or restricted within certain limits:
  3. Of or designating a partnership in which the liability of certain of its partners is limited to the amount of their individual investments
(US, of a territory) Lacking a normal system of government.
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  1. (US, of a territory) Lacking a normal system of government.
  2. Not yet organized
  3. Having no regular order, system, or organization
Lacking training, not having been instructed in something.
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  1. Lacking training, not having been instructed in something.
(Bridge) Designating a team that has won one game in an ongoing rubber and hence is liable to increased penalties
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  1. (Bridge) Designating a team that has won one game in an ongoing rubber and hence is liable to increased penalties
  2. Susceptible to emotional injury, especially in being easily hurt:
  3. (Games) In a position to receive greater penalties or bonuses in a hand of bridge. In a rubber, used of the pair of players who score 100 points toward game.
Not defended or not able to be defended.
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  1. Not defended or not able to be defended.
Impromptu:
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  1. Impromptu:
  2. Not equipped to meet a contingency.
  3. Having made no preparations.
Lacking confidence.
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  1. Lacking confidence.
  2. Uncertain of the facts.
  3. Uncertain
Being in a natural condition; not processed or refined:
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  1. Being in a natural condition; not processed or refined:
  2. Not finished, covered, or coated:
  3. Recently finished; fresh:
Vigorous or robust:
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  1. Vigorous or robust:
  2. Not grown up; young:
  3. Beneficial to the environment or less harmful to the environment than others:
Having the glowing or unspoiled appearance of youth:
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  1. Having the glowing or unspoiled appearance of youth:
  2. Not worn, soiled, faded, etc.; vivid; bright; clean
  3. Fairly strong and often cool; brisk:
Lacking training, not having been instructed in something.
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  1. Lacking training, not having been instructed in something.
Newly begun or formed; not advanced:
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  1. Newly begun or formed; not advanced:
  2. Lacking experience; immature:
  3. Lacking experience or practice; immature; raw; ignorant; green
Slow to apprehend; having difficulties in learning.
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  1. Slow to apprehend; having difficulties in learning.
  2. Behind others in progress or development:
  3. Done or arranged in a manner or order that is opposite to previous occurrence or normal use.
Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety:
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  1. Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety:
  2. Inadequately guarded or protected; unsafe:
  3. Not comfortable or confident in oneself or in certain situations.
Marked by or suggesting a lack of normal maturity:
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  1. Marked by or suggesting a lack of normal maturity:
  2. Silly or childish in behavior.
  3. Lacking the emotional maturity, sense of responsibility, etc. characteristic of an adult, or of others one's own age
Not firm or stable; shaky
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  1. Not firm or stable; shaky
  2. Erratic in habits, purpose, or behavior
  3. Not even or regular; wavering:
Physically or mentally disabled:
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  1. Physically or mentally disabled:
  2. (Derogatory) Limited by an impediment of some kind.
  3. Intended for people who have a disability:
Easily cut, marked, shaped, or worn away, as pine wood or pure gold
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  1. Easily cut, marked, shaped, or worn away, as pine wood or pure gold
  2. Replenished by nature, or capable of being used with relatively little damage to the natural environment
  3. Not sharply drawn or delineated:
  1. Nervous; Anxious.
  2. Not firm, substantial, or secure; weak, unsound, or unsteady
  3. (Of wood) Full of shakes or cracks; cracked.
  1. Not known for certain; questionable.
  2. Subject to change; variable:
  3. Unsteady; fitful:
Lacking a part or parts; not whole; not full
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  1. Lacking a part or parts; not whole; not full
  2. Not complete; not filled up; not finished; not having all its parts, or not having them all adjusted; imperfect; defective.
  3. (Botany) Of a flower, wanting any of the usual floral organs.
Not tried in court
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  1. Not tried in court
  2. Not yet tried or tested; unknown.
  3. Not tried; not attempted, tested, or proved
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Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use.
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  1. Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use.
Requiring careful or tactful treatment:
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  1. Requiring careful or tactful treatment:
  2. Easily broken or damaged:
  3. Marked by sensitivity of discrimination:
Easily broken; frail
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  1. Easily broken; frail
  2. Without force or effectiveness
  3. Having little intensity or strength; faint:
Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
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  1. Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
  2. Thin and easily broken or damaged; poorly made and fragile; frail
  3. Light, thin, and insubstantial:
Lacking substance; tenuous or flimsy:
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  1. Lacking substance; tenuous or flimsy:
  2. Lacking physical or emotional strength; delicate:
  3. Physically weak; frail; delicate
Easily led astray; morally weak.
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  1. Easily led astray; morally weak.
  2. Easily broken, shattered, damaged, or destroyed; fragile; delicate
  3. Slender and delicate; not robust; weak
Not strong or stable; shaky:
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  1. Not strong or stable; shaky:
  2. Weak in body or mind, especially from old age or disease.
  3. Not stable, firm, or sound; frail; shaky, as a structure
Very small or negligible, as in importance, size, or amount:
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  1. Very small or negligible, as in importance, size, or amount:
  2. Not firm or solid; weak or flimsy:
  3. Not solid or firm; weak or flimsy
(Chiefly Southern US) Sickly; ill.
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  1. (Chiefly Southern US) Sickly; ill.
  2. Of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak:
In horse management an unsound horse is one suffering ill-health that affects its suitability for its intended work.
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  1. In horse management an unsound horse is one suffering ill-health that affects its suitability for its intended work.
  2. Not true or logically valid; fallacious:
  3. Not safe, firm, or solid; insecure
(Archaic) Alternative form of insubstantial.
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  1. (Archaic) Alternative form of insubstantial.
  2. Lacking material substance; insubstantial.
  3. Not solid or heavy; flimsy; light
So weak as to be difficult to perceive;
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  1. So weak as to be difficult to perceive;
  2. Likely to fall into a faint; dizzy and weak:
  3. Lacking clarity or distinctness:
Easily broken; frail
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  1. Easily broken; frail
  2. Without force or effectiveness
  3. Having little intensity or strength; faint:
Weak in body or mind, especially from old age or disease.
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  1. Weak in body or mind, especially from old age or disease.
  2. Not stable, firm, or sound; frail; shaky, as a structure
  3. Not strong or stable; shaky:
Not comfortable or confident in oneself or in certain situations.
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  1. Not comfortable or confident in oneself or in certain situations.
  2. Not firm or fixed; unsteady:
  3. Lacking stability; troubled:
Subject to chance or unknown conditions:
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  1. Subject to chance or unknown conditions:
  2. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises:
  3. Dangerously lacking in security or stability:
  1. Nervous; Anxious.
  2. Open to question or doubt:
  3. Not firm, substantial, or secure; weak, unsound, or unsteady
Not firmly placed; unsteady:
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  1. Not firmly placed; unsteady:
  2. Not fixed, firm, or steady; easily upset or unbalanced
  3. Having a strong tendency to change.
Erratic in habits, purpose, or behavior
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  1. Erratic in habits, purpose, or behavior
  2. Not even or regular; wavering:
  3. Not firm or stable; shaky
Uncertain of the facts.
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  1. Uncertain of the facts.
  2. Uncertain
  3. Precarious; unstable; unreliable.
Tending to wobble; unsteady.
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  1. Tending to wobble; unsteady.
  2. Inclined to wobble; shaky
Lacking support or protection:
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  1. Lacking support or protection:
  2. Impossible to control; involuntary:
  3. Incompetent, ineffective, or powerless
Unable to engage in sexual intercourse, esp. because of an inability to have or sustain an erection
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  1. Unable to engage in sexual intercourse, esp. because of an inability to have or sustain an erection
  2. Lacking in power, as to act effectively; helpless:
  3. Ineffective, powerless, or helpless
Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
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  1. Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
  2. Not adequate; not sufficient; not equal to what is required
  3. Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc.
Lacking the necessary ability, capacity, or power:
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  1. Lacking the necessary ability, capacity, or power:
  2. Not meeting the requirements necessary for proper legal functioning:
  3. Unable to perform adequately; incompetent:
  1. Worthless
  2. Weak; lacking forcefulness
  3. Lacking forcefulness or effectiveness; inadequate or incompetent:
Lacking legal or other authority.
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  1. Lacking legal or other authority.
  2. Lacking strength or power; helpless and totally ineffectual.
  3. Without power; weak, feeble, unable, not empowered, etc.
Weakened; diluted.
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  1. Weakened; diluted.
  2. Diluted
Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty:
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  1. Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty:
  2. Not dense or concentrated; sparse:
  3. Watery:
Watery; damp; soft.
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  1. Watery; damp; soft.
  2. (Archaic) Watery; diluted
  3. Lacking substance or strength; weak; thin; dilute; feeble.
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  1. (Idiomatic) weakened or simplified
  2. Diminished in force or effect:
  3. Diluted; containing extra water
  1. Watery
  2. Resembling water; watery.
Thin; diluted
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  1. Thin; diluted
  2. Weak; insipid
  3. Suggestive of water, as in being thin, pale, or liquid:
Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
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  1. Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
  2. Thin and easily broken or damaged; poorly made and fragile; frail
  3. Light, thin, and insubstantial:
Not plausible; not credible
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  1. Not plausible; not credible
  2. Not plausible; unlikely; dubious.
  3. Difficult to believe; not plausible.
Unlikely to take place or be true.
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  1. Unlikely to take place or be true.
  2. Not probable; not likely to happen or be true; unlikely
  3. Not likely to happen.
That cannot be conceived; that cannot be thought of, understood, imagined, or believed
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  1. That cannot be conceived; that cannot be thought of, understood, imagined, or believed
  2. So unlikely or surprising as to have been thought impossible; unbelievable:
  3. Impossible to comprehend or grasp fully:
(Informal) Wonderful, impressive, extraordinary, etc.
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  1. (Informal) Wonderful, impressive, extraordinary, etc.
  2. Seeming too unusual or improbable to be possible
  3. Astonishing, extraordinary, or extreme:
Open to question or doubt:
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  1. Open to question or doubt:
  2. Not firm, substantial, or secure; weak, unsound, or unsteady
  3. (Of wood) Full of shakes or cracks; cracked.
Lacking resonance or fullness; tinny:
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  1. Lacking resonance or fullness; tinny:
  2. Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty:
  3. Watery:
Incredible; so surprising it is almost unable to believe.
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  1. Incredible; so surprising it is almost unable to believe.
  2. Implausible or improbable.
  3. Not to be believed; incredible:
Inconceivable:
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Lacking material substance; insubstantial.
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  1. Lacking material substance; insubstantial.
  2. (Archaic) Alternative form of insubstantial.
  3. Not solid or heavy; flimsy; light

Synonym Study

  • Decrepit implies a being broken down, worn out, or decayed, as by old age or long use a decrepit old pensioner, a decrepit sofa
  • Infirm suggests a loss of strength or soundness, as through illness or age his infirm old grandfather
  • Frail suggests an inherent or constitutional delicacy or weakness, so as to be easily broken or shattered a frail body, conscience, etc.
  • Feeble suggests a pitiable weakness or ineffectiveness a feeble old man, a feeble joke
  • Weak , the broadest in application of these words, basically implies a lack or inferiority of physical, mental, or moral strength a weak muscle, mind, character, foundation, excuse, etc.
Find another word for weak. In this page you can discover 159 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for weak, like: delicate, sickly, decrepit, flimsy, weak-minded, caitiff, puny, flabby, flaccid, debilitated and effeminate.