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drawback

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noun draw·back \ˈdrȯ-ˌbak\

Simple Definition of drawback

  • : something that causes problems

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of drawback

  1. 1 :  a refund of duties especially on an imported product subsequently exported or used to produce a product for export

  2. 2 :  an objectionable feature :  disadvantage

Examples of drawback in a sentence

  1. The trip sounds great, but cost is a major drawback.

  2. <this plan has only one drawback: it's unworkable>



1697

First Known Use of drawback

1697


DRAWBACK Defined for Kids

drawback

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noun draw·back \ˈdrȯ-ˌbak\

Definition of drawback for Students

  1. :  an unwanted feature or characteristic <My only drawback is that I look something like a mouse. — E. B. White, Stuart Little>





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