feeble

feeble

/ˈfēbəl/ /ˈfibəl/
adjective feebler, feeblest
1 Lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness.
1.1 (of a sound) faint.
1.2 Lacking strength of character.
1.3 Failing to convince or impress.

Origin
Middle English from Old French fieble, earlier fleible, from Latin flebilis ‘lamentable’, from flere ‘weep’.

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Every day, Bob makes what usually turns out to be a feeble attempt to use a “new” word in an effective sentence. The result is commonly ineffectual.

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  1. Or, as another example (and I am keeping this generic regardless of the obvious parallels):

    The feeble attempts by a certain politician to deflect criticism and distract the public from his shortcomings only highlight the failings of his administration…

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