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weak

(wēk) [Old Norse veikr, flexible]
1. Lacking physical strength or vigor; infirm, esp. as compared with what would be the normal or usual for that individual.
2. Dilute, as in a weak solution, or weak tea.
3. Biologically or chemically active; said, e.g., of acids, bases, electrolytes, muscles, or toxins.
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All of them remind the reader that contrary to the mores of the 19th century, these "whaling wives" belied the term "the weaker sex.
A brave young girl, who loved to swim, broke world records and challenged the long-held belief that women were the weaker sex.
Although the notion that traces of the weaker race enhance those of the weaker sex appears simply to conflate stereotypes, it does complicate ideologies of the "angel of the house.
When it's all over, you might be surprised to find that the weaker sex is you.
It was Satan, according to the Puritan imagination, who preyed upon "the weaker sex," attacking her body to find his way to her soul.
3) After years of feeling increasingly rejected by a society 'which sanctioned the enslavement of the weaker sex and the spoliation of the orphan', (4) Tristan decided that the time had come to take risks and cross the Rubicon.
When advances in medical knowledge undermined the ancient understanding of sexual difference based on humors and fluids, a more modern physiology reconstructed womanhood as the weaker sex.
Two areas were particularly damaging: notions of women as the weaker sex and as sex objects (Cooper and Lewis, 1993).
In those days, American men were secure enough in their identities and positions to engage women comfortably in serious ways without fear of being overpowered or outdone by "the weaker sex.
The suspicion among punters is that women jockeys, the weaker sex, remember, would struggle to finish the four-mile, three-and-a-half furlong National in the same way they struggle to finish a crossword.