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"Endeble" is an adjective which is often translated as "weak", and "débil" is an adjective which is also often translated as "weak". Learn more about the difference between "endeble" and "débil" below.
endeble(
ehn
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deh
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bleh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (frail)
a. weak
Después de ser operada, Junquera se veía endeble y sin humor.After her operation, Junquera looked weak and fed up.
b. feeble
Mi hermano es tan endeble que no puede cargar con esta maleta de diez kilos.My brother is so feeble that he cannot even load this ten-kilo suitcase.
2. (ineffectual)
a. weak
La personalidad de Pedro es bastante endeble y se deja convencer fácilmente.Pedro has quite a weak personality and he is easy to convince.
3. (flimsy)
a. weak
Los fundamentos de tu teoría son tan endebles que no puedes defenderlos de verdad.The basis of your theory is so weak that you cannot really defend it.
b. feeble
Las razones que hicieron a Ana dejar su trabajo eran tan endebles que creemos que simplemente encontró otro empleo.Ana's reasons for quiting her job were so feeble that we think she simply found a new one.
c. rickety (structure, furniture)
Las viejas mesas de la taberna estaban ya muy endebles.The old tables in the bar were a bit rickety now.
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débil(
deh
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beel
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (without strength)
a. weak
Mi hijo es de constitución más bien débil.My son has a rather weak constitution.
2. (recovering from an illness)
a. weak
Cuando salió del hospital todavía se encontraba muy débil.He was still feeling very weak when he left hospital.
b. feeble
La enfermedad la ha dejado muy débil.The illness has left her very feeble.
3. (lacking character)
a. weak
Su marido es muy débil de carácter.Her husband has a very weak character.
4. (not intense)
a. weak
En mi habitación la señal de wifi es muy débil.The wifi signal is very weak in my room.
b. dim (light)
La luz de la vela era débil.The light of the candle was dim.
c. faint (sound)
En la distancia, se escuchaba el débil sonido de unos pasos que se alejaban.The faint sound of footsteps moving away could be heard in the distance.
5. (finance)
a. weak (currency or economy)
Su moneda se ha devaluado y en estos momentos es muy débil.Its currency has fallen and is now very weak.
6. (unsound)
a. weak (argument or excuse)
Se sirven de la débil excusa del bien común para aplicar medidas draconianas.They use the weak excuse of the common good to apply draconian measures.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
7. (person)
a. weak-willed person
Es un débil y su mujer lo maneja a su antojo.He's a weak-willed person and his wife manipulates him as she likes.
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