- 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 shortcomings of our local government systemshortcoming in▪ The report suggested that there were severe shortcomings in police tactics.
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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