ETYMOLOGY OF THE LATIN DĒBILIS

In the paper I propose that the Lat. dēbilis is a deverbative from the reconstructed verb of the e-stem *dēhabĕre which might have had a meaning ‘take from, make weaker’. Thus the derived adjective *dēhabilis (→ dēbilis) ‘weak’ might have had a basic meaning ‘someone who is easy to take from’.

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