failing

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1fail·ing

noun \ˈfā-liŋ\

: a weakness or problem in a person's character, behavior, or ability

Full Definition of FAILING

:  a usually slight or insignificant defect in character, conduct, or ability

Examples of FAILING

  1. He has some minor failings.
  2. <we could talk about your failings, but it would take all night>

First Known Use of FAILING

1590

2failing

preposition

: in the absence of (something)

Full Definition of FAILING

:  in absence or default of <failing specific instructions, use your own judgment>

Examples of FAILING

  1. Failing progress in the peace process, war seems likely.

First Known Use of FAILING

1810

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