drawback

noun draw·back \ ˈdrȯ-ˌbak \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of drawback

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.

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

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First Known Use of drawback

1697

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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draw back

verb \ drȯ-ˈbak \

Definition of draw back

: to avoid an issue or commitment

First Known Use of draw back

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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DRAWBACK Defined for English Language Learners

drawback

Definition of drawback for English Language Learners

  • : something that causes problems


DRAWBACK Defined for Kids

drawback

noun draw·back \ ˈdrȯ-ˌbak \

Definition of drawback for Students

: 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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