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"fragile" in British English

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fragileadjective

uk   /ˈfrædʒ.aɪl/  us   /ˈfrædʒ.əl/
C2 easilydamaged, ​broken, or ​harmed: Be ​careful with that ​vase - it's very fragile. The ​assassination could do ​seriousdamage to the fragile ​peaceagreement that was ​signed last ​month. I ​feltrather fragile (= ​weak) for a few ​days after the ​operation.UK humorous No ​breakfast for me, ​thanks - I'm ​feeling a little fragile (= ​ill, ​upset, or ​tired) after last night's ​party.
fragility
noun [U] uk   /frəˈdʒɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-t̬i/
The ​collapse of the ​bank is an ​ominousreminder of the fragility of the world's ​bankingsystem.
(Definition of fragile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fragile" in American English

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fragileadjective

 us   /ˈfrædʒ·əl, -ɑɪl/
easilydamaged, ​broken, or harmed: a fragile ​piece of ​metal Their ​argumentshowed us just how fragile the ​teammaterelationship can be. I ​feel fragile, as if a ​breath of ​wind could ​knock me over.
fragility
noun [U]  us   /frəˈdʒɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
She was a ​strong woman, with no ​hint of fragility about her.
(Definition of fragile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fragile" in Business English

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fragileadjective

uk   /ˈfrædʒaɪl/  us   /ˈfrædʒəl/
easily ​harmed, ​damaged, or ​broken: The fragile ​economy is under the ​pressure of ​floods at ​home and ​risingoilprices abroad. The ​changes would be disastrous for the fragile ​recovery of the UK's ​oil and ​gasindustry.
(Definition of fragile from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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