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From Middle English infirme, from Latin infirmus (weak, feeble).

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈfɝm/
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  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)m

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infirm (comparative infirmer, superlative infirmest)

  1. Weak or ill, not in good health.
    He was infirm of body but still keen of mind, and though it looked like he couldn't walk across the room, he crushed me in debate.
  2. Irresolute; weak of mind or will.
  3. Frail; unstable; insecure.
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, “The Practice of Religion Enforced by Reason”, in Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, 6th edition, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, →OCLC, [https:// page 3]:
      He who fixes upon false Principles, treads upon Infirm ground, and so sinks []

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infirm (third-person singular simple present infirms, present participle infirming, simple past and past participle infirmed)

  1. To contradict, to provide proof that something is not.
    The thought is that you see an episode of observation, experiment, or reasoning as confirming or infirming a hypothesis depending on whether your probability for it increases or decreases during the episode.

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Borrowed from French infirme, from Latin infirmus.

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infirm m or n (feminine singular infirmă, masculine plural infirmi, feminine and neuter plural infirme)

  1. crippled
    Synonyms: invalid, schilod, beteag
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infirm m (plural infirmi, feminine equivalent infirmă)

  1. cripple, invalid
    Synonyms: invalid, schilod
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Inflected form of infirma (to invalidate).

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  1. first-person singular present indicative/subjunctive of infirma