shortcoming

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    Etymology dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 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 …

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

    English terms dictionary

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

    English World dictionary

  • 8 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

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

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 shortcoming — UK [ˈʃɔː(r)tˌkʌmɪŋ] / US [ˈʃɔrtˌkʌmɪŋ] noun [countable, usually plural] Word forms shortcoming : singular shortcoming plural shortcomings a fault or problem that makes someone or something less effective People sometimes choose partners who… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 shortcoming — noun after forty years of marriage, he still claimed she had nary a shortcoming Syn: defect, fault, flaw, imperfection, deficiency, limitation, failing, drawback, weakness, weak point, foible, frailty, vice See note at fault Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 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

  • 15 shortcoming — noun deficiency …

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  • 16 shortcoming — Synonyms and related words: absence, adulteration, asymmetry, beggary, blemish, bug, catch, contrariety, crack, defect, defectibility, defection, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, demerit, deprivation, destitution, difference, disequilibrium,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 shortcoming — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. failing, foible, weakness, fault; deficiency, defect, default; delinquency, failure, inadequacy, insufficiency, shortage, lack. See imperfection. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. fault, deficiency, lapse; see… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 shortcoming — short|com|ing [ ʃɔrt,kʌmıŋ ] noun count usually plural a fault or problem that makes someone or something less effective: Despite his shortcomings as a cook, he was still the best dad you could ever hope for …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 shortcoming — [[t]ʃɔ͟ː(r)tkʌmɪŋ[/t]] shortcomings N COUNT: usu pl, oft with poss Someone s or something s shortcomings are the faults or weaknesses which they have. Marriages usually break down as a result of the shortcomings of both partners... His book has… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 shortcoming — n. defect, flaw; deficiency, inadequacy, inferiority …

    English contemporary dictionary