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infirm

Law (of a law, custom, etc.) lacking legal force; invalid
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Nothing disturbed the tranquillity of the Castle, but the occasional tumbling open of John and Miss Skiffins: which little doors were a prey to some spasmodic infirmity that made me sympathetically uncomfortable until I got used to it.
But the most deplorable effect of all is that diminution of attachment and reverence which steals into the hearts of the people, towards a political system which betrays so many marks of infirmity, and disappoints so many of their flattering hopes.
Though by no means less liable than their fellow-men to age and infirmity, they had evidently some talisman or other that kept death at bay.
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.
Butler, however, turns 40 in mid-June, and it remains to be seen if the twin forces of age and severe infirmity will combine to wear Butler down.
Most who are scheduled to lose their benefits may never go to work because of their infirmity.
The report presents a comprehensive view of health as outlined by the World Health Organization, which defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity.
Its sedentary visuals are largely overcome by Walter Matthau's crackling central performance as an elderly firebrand who rants and rages not only against life's ongoing injustices but also against his own incipient infirmity.
A tactless know-it-all who offers racing fans the benefit of his years of experience by publishing eyeball assessments of horses' fitness or infirmity.