failing

  • 1 Failing — Fail ing, n. 1. A failing short; a becoming deficient; failure; deficiency; imperfection; weakness; lapse; fault; infirmity; as, a mental failing. [1913 Webster] And ever in her mind she cast about For that unnoticed failing in herself. Tennyson …

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  • 2 failing — [adj] not well, weak declining, defeated, deficient, faint, feeble, inadequate, insufficient, scant, scanty, scarce, short, shy, unavailing, unprosperous, unsuccessful, unsufficient, unthriving, vain, wanting; concepts 485,489 Ant. healthy, ok,… …

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  • 3 failing — [fāl′iŋ] n. 1. a failure 2. a slight fault or defect; weakness prep. without; lacking [failing a good voter turnout, our candidate will lose] SYN. FAULT …

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  • 4 failing — I noun asthenia, atony, blemish, cachexia, collapse, debilitation, decadence, decay, decline, decrepitude, defeat, deficiency, delinquency, disadvantage, failure, fallibility, fault, fiasco, flaw, foible, frailty, imperfection, inadequacy,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 failing — defect, fault, 1580s, verbal noun from FAIL (Cf. fail) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 failing — n frailty, foible, *fault, vice Analogous words: *blemish, flaw, defect: weakness, infirmity (see corresponding adjectives at WEAK) Antonyms: perfection (in concrete sense) Contrasted words: *excellence, merit, virtue …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 failing — ► NOUN ▪ a weakness in a person s character. ► PREPOSITION ▪ if not …

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  • 8 failing — fail|ing1 [ feılıŋ ] noun count a fault or a weak point that makes someone or something less effective: He had his failings, but he was basically a good man. the failings of the criminal justice system failing fail|ing 2 [ feılıŋ ] adjective no… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 failing — I UK [ˈfeɪlɪŋ] / US noun [countable] Word forms failing : singular failing plural failings a fault or a weak point that makes someone or something less effective He had his failings, but he was basically a good man. the failings of the criminal… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 failing — failingly, adv. failingness, n. /fay ling/, n. 1. an act or instance of failing; failure: His failing is due to general incompetence. 2. a defect or fault; shortcoming; weakness: His lack of knowledge is a grave failing. prep. 3. in the absence… …

    Universalium

  • 11 failing — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great, major, serious (esp. BrE), worst ▪ Vanity is her worst failing. ▪ common, human ▪ …

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  • 12 failing — fail|ing1 [ˈfeılıŋ] n a fault or weakness ▪ I love him, despite his failings. failing 2 failing2 prep failing that/this used to say that if your first suggestion is not successful or possible, there is another possibility that you could try ▪ We… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 failing — 1 noun (C) a fault or weakness: I love him, despite his failings. 2 preposition used to say that if your first suggestion is not successful or possible, there is another possibility that you could try: There are two cheap hotels, but failing… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 failing — 1. noun /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/ Weakness; defect His worst failing is his temper. 2. preposition /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/ if the preferred or prior option is not possible A large proportion of the females employed in other firms are said to have signified their intention… …

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  • 15 failing — [[t]fe͟ɪlɪŋ[/t]] failings 1) N COUNT: usu pl, oft with poss The failings of someone or something are their faults or unsatisfactory features. Like many in Russia, she blamed the country s failings on futile attempts to catch up with the West...… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 failing — [ˈfeɪlɪŋ] noun [C] I a fault that makes someone or something less effective the failings of the educational system[/ex] II preposition failing [ˈfeɪlɪŋ] used for saying that there is something else you can try We could try the bank, or, failing… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 failing — fail•ing [[t]ˈfeɪ lɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) an act or instance of failing; failure 2) a defect or fault; shortcoming; weakness 3) in the absence or default of: Failing payment, we shall sue[/ex] • Etymology: 1250–1300 syn: See fault …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 failing — /ˈfeɪlɪŋ / (say fayling) noun 1. the act or state of someone or something that fails; failure. 2. a defect; shortcoming; weakness: *Marriage is an institution not notable for the big mindedness with which it sees its failings and its hazards.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 Failing — Fail Fail (f[=a]l) v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Failed} (f[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Failing}.] [F. failir, fr. L. fallere, falsum, to deceive, akin to E. fall. See {Fail}, and cf. {Fallacy}, {False}, {Fault}.] 1. To be wanting; to fall short; to be or… …

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  • 20 failing — Fail Fail, n. [OF. faille, from failir. See {Fail}, v. i.] 1. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; mostly superseded by {failure} or {failing}, except in the phrase without fail. His highness fail of issue. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Death;… …

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