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adjective     feeble pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    physically weak, especially because you are old or ill
  2. 2
    not strong enough to be seen or heard clearly

    a feeble light/voice

  3. 3
    not good enough to achieve the intended result
    feeble excuse:

    That’s a pretty feeble excuse for not calling your mother.

    a feeble attempt/effort:

    He made a feeble attempt to start a conversation with me.

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  4. 4
    afraid to do something difficult or unpleasant

    Don’t be so feeble. Stand up to her for once.

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