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weak  (wk)
adj. weak·er, weak·est
1. Lacking physical strength, energy, or vigor; feeble.
2. Likely to fail under pressure, stress, or strain; lacking resistance: a weak link in a chain.
3. Lacking firmness of character or strength of will.
4. Lacking the proper strength or amount of ingredients: weak coffee.
5. Lacking the ability to function normally or fully: a weak heart.
6. Lacking aptitude or skill: a weak student; weak in math.
7. Lacking or resulting from a lack of intelligence.
8. Lacking persuasiveness; unconvincing: a weak argument.
9. Lacking authority or the power to govern.
10. Lacking potency or intensity: weak sunlight.
11. Linguistics
a. Of, relating to, or being those verbs in Germanic languages that form a past tense and past participle by means of a dental suffix, as start, started; have, had; bring, brought.
b. Of, relating to, or being the inflection of nouns or adjectives in Germanic languages with a declensional suffix that historically contained an n.
12. Unstressed or unaccented in pronunciation or poetic meter. Used of a word or syllable.
13. Designating a verse ending in which the metrical stress falls on a word or syllable that is unstressed in normal speech, such as a preposition.
14. Tending downward in price: a weak market for oil stocks.

[Middle English weike, from Old Norse veikr, pliant; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: weak, feeble, frail1, fragile, infirm, decrepit, debilitated
These adjectives mean lacking or showing a lack of strength. Weak is the most widely applicable: These poor wretches ... were so weak they could hardly sit to their oars (Daniel Defoe).
Feeble suggests pathetic or grievous physical or mental weakness or hopeless inadequacy: a feeble intellect; a feeble effort.
Frail implies delicacy and inability to endure or withstand: an aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small (Thomas Hardy.)
What is fragile is easily broken, damaged, or destroyed: a fragile, expensive vase; a fragile state of mind after the accident.
Infirm implies enfeeblement: a poor, infirm, weak, and despisd old man (Shakespeare).
Decrepit describes what is weakened, worn out, or broken down by hard use or the passage of time: a decrepit building slated for demolition.
Debilitated suggests a gradual impairment of energy or strength: a debilitated constitution further weakened by overwork.
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