shortcoming
noun Date: 15th century an imperfection or lack that detracts from the whole; also the quality or state of being flawed or lacking

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Shortcoming — Short com ing, n. The act of falling, or coming short; as: (a) The failure of a crop, or the like. (b) Neglect of, or failure in, performance of duty. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shortcoming — index breach, decrement, defect, deficiency, deficit, disadvantage, disqualification (factor that disqualifies), failure ( …   Law dictionary

  • shortcoming — 1670s, from the phrase to come short be inadequate (1570s); see SHORT (Cf. short) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shortcoming — *imperfection, deficiency, fault Analogous words: defect, flaw, *blemish: failing, frailty, foible, *fault Contrasted words: *excellence, merit, virtue, perfection …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shortcoming — [n] weak point bug*, catch*, defect, deficiency, demerit, drawback, failing, fault, flaw, frailty, imperfection, infirmity, lack, lapse, sin, weakness; concepts 411,666,674,679 Ant. advantage, strong point, success …   New thesaurus

  • shortcoming — ► NOUN ▪ a failure to meet a certain standard; a fault or defect …   English terms dictionary

  • shortcoming — [shôrtkum΄iŋ] n. a falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency …   English World dictionary

  • Shortcoming — (Roget s Thesaurus) >motion short of. < N PARAG:Shortcoming >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 shortcoming shortcoming failure Sgm: N 1 falling short falling short &c. >V. Sgm: N 1 default default defalcation Sgm: N 1 leeway leeway …   English dictionary for students

  • shortcoming — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ alleged, perceived ▪ obvious ▪ There were obvious shortcomings in the report. ▪ fundamental, main, major …   Collocations dictionary

  • shortcoming — /shawrt kum ing/, n. a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy. [1670 80; SHORT + COMING] Syn. fault, flaw, failing, weakness. * * * …   Universalium

  • shortcoming — short|com|ing [ˈʃo:tˌkʌmıŋ US ˈʃo:rt ] n [C usually plural] a fault or weakness that makes someone or something less successful or effective than they should be ▪ Peter was painfully aware of his own shortcomings. shortcoming of ▪ the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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