Infirmity


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Infirmity

Flaw, defect, or weakness.

In a legal sense, the term infirmity is used to mean any imperfection that renders a particular transaction void or incomplete. For example, if a deed drawn up to transfer ownership of land contains an erroneous description of it, an infirmity exists in the transaction.

See: defect, deficiency, disability, disadvantage, disease, disorder, fault, flaw, frailty, impuissance, inability, incapacity, vice
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With his florid cheek, his compact figure smartly arrayed in a bright-buttoned blue coat, his brisk and vigorous step, and his hale and hearty aspect, altogether he seemed -- not young, indeed -- but a kind of new contrivance of Mother Nature in the shape of man, whom age and infirmity had no business to touch.
Conscious of his own infirmity -- that his tempered steel and elasticity are lost -- he for ever afterwards looks wistfully about him in quest of support external to himself.
Her youthful friends stood apart, shuddering at the mourners, the shrouded bridegroom, and herself; the whole scene expressed, by the strongest imagery, the vain struggle of the gilded vanities of this world, when opposed to age, infirmity, sorrow, and death.
If she could afford to reside as a lodger in--vicarage, she would choose that house before all others as the place of her abode; but not being so circumstanced, she would never come under its roof, except as an occasional visitor: unless sickness or calamity should render her assistance really needful, or until age or infirmity made her incapable of maintaining herself.
Repressing, with as good a grace as possible, these little familiarities--for which, there is reason to believe, the black bottle was at least as much to blame as any constitutional infirmity on the part of Mrs Sliderskew--he protested that he had only been joking: and, in proof of his unimpaired good- humour, that he was ready to examine the deeds at once, if, by so doing, he could afford any satisfaction or relief of mind to his fair friend.
If the old woman had not been very deaf, she must have heard, when she last went to the door, the breathing of two persons close behind it: and if those two persons had been unacquainted with her infirmity, they must probably have chosen that moment either for presenting themselves or taking to flight.
Because of his horrible infirmity, you have let yourselves become his slaves.
All that being said, I didn't go yesterday due to a family infirmity - but I had resolved to miss the game anyway, so appalled was I after the capitulations against Leicester City and Crystal Palace (that's right, Leicester and Palace, not Barcelona or Bayern).
This is because, through age and infirmity, many are unable to fight and protect their own rights.
Plans need to be drawn up when people reach retirement, not once they are already drifting into infirmity and the risk of health problems.
However, that wind infirmity was thickening despite an operation, and although in the following season's Champion Hurdle he again beat Major Rose, he was no match for the whirlwind finish from Bula, who won by four lengths.
The section relating to illness and infirmity has remained closed under data protection rules, until now.