from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking strength of character or purpose.

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  • adj. Lacking will power or strength of character; timid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having weak knees; hence, easily yielding; wanting resolution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having weak knees; hence, weak, especially as regards will or de termination: as, a weak-kneed policy or effort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking will power or resolution


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