(1) Vulnerably delicate
"She has the fragile beauty of youth"
(2) Easily broken or damaged or destroyed
"A kite too delicate to fly safely"
"Fragile porcelain plates"
"Fragile old bones"
"A frail craft"
(3) Lacking solidity or strength and liable to break
"A flimsy table"
"A fragile link with the past"
From the adjective fragilis, formed on frag, the root of frangere, "to break". Cognate with frail.
- easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure
- The chemist synthesizes a fragile molecule.
- The UN tries to maintain the fragile peace process in the region.
- He is a very fragile person and gets easily depressed.