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Main Entry: weak
Pronunciation: primarystresswemacronk
Function: adjective
1 a : lacking physical strength b : easily upset or nauseated <a weak stomach>
2 : not able to stand much weight, pressure, or strain <a weak rope>
3 a : lacking strength of mind or character b : resulting from or showing a lack of mental or moral firmness <a weak policy>
4 : not rich in some usual or important element <weak tea>
5 : not able to stand the test of logic <a weak argument>
6 : lacking skill or ability <weak in math>
7 : lacking in force of expression <a weak writing style>
8 : not having or using authority <weak government>
9 : of, relating to, or being a verb or verb conjugation that forms the past tense and past participle by adding the suffix -ed or -d or -t
10 : of, relating to, or being the lightest of three levels of stress in pronunciation <a weak syllable>
11 : ionizing only slightly in solution <weak acids>
- weak·ly adverb
synonyms WEAK, FEEBLE, FRAIL mean not strong enough to stand pressure or hard effort. WEAK can be used of either a temporary or permanent loss of strength or power <felt weak after the illness> <I have weak lungs>. FEEBLE stresses very great and pitiful weakness <an old feeble dog>. FRAIL can be used of a person who since birth has had a delicate body <a frail child always getting sick> or of any kind of fragile construction <a frail antique chair>.

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