drawback

noun
draw·​back | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌbak How to pronounce drawback (audio) \

Definition of drawback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a refund of duties especially on an imported product subsequently exported or used to produce a product for export
2 : an objectionable feature : disadvantage The plan's only drawback is its cost.

draw back

verb
\ drȯ-ˈbak How to pronounce draw back (audio) \
drew back; drawn back; drawing back; draws back

Definition of draw back (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to avoid an issue or commitment

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Synonyms & Antonyms for drawback

Synonyms: Noun

debit, disadvantage, disbenefit, downside, handicap, incommodity, liability, minus, negative, strike

Antonyms: Noun

advantage, asset, edge, plus

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Examples of drawback in a Sentence

Noun

The trip sounds great, but cost is a major drawback. this plan has only one drawback: it's unworkable

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But growing only a single variety of banana has serious drawbacks. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, "A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever," 19 Aug. 2019 Huantian Cao, a professor of fashion and apparel studies at the University of Delaware, said both have drawbacks. Los Angeles Times, "America is obsessed with beef. But it has no use for hides, so leather prices plunge," 19 Aug. 2019 But growing only a single variety of banana has serious drawbacks. Matt Reynolds, Wired, "A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever," 19 Aug. 2019 This strong desire to take care of people can have some drawbacks though. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's Birth Charts Reveal If a Shamila Romance is Actually in Our Future," 11 July 2019 Dawson said this approach has drawbacks for individuals, because the leaders drafting the contracts will have to forecast all potential misuses of data. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Alphabet's plans to track people in its 'smart city' ring alarm bells," 9 July 2019 But as last season progressed, the Warriors learned that even luxuries can have drawbacks. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why the DeMarcus Cousins experiment didn’t work out for Warriors," 29 June 2019 The anti-Kavanaugh candidates also had drawbacks, advisers said: Barrett has been an appeals judge for less than a year. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "How a behind-the-scenes battle of Trump advisers ended with Kavanaugh as Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 But these fiber-optic devices have a remarkable drawback: Although they are inserted into the upper part of the small intestine through the mouth and constantly reused, they cannot be sterilized by the usual methods. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "These Medical Devices Are Inserted Into 500,000 Patients Each Year — but Are Tough to Sterilize," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of drawback

Noun

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drawback was in the 14th century

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drawback

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drawback

: something that causes problems

drawback

noun
draw·​back | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌbak How to pronounce drawback (audio) \

Kids Definition of drawback

: 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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