draw·back | \ˈdrȯ-ˌbak \

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

\drȯ-ˈbak \

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, downside, handicap, incommodity, liability, minus, negative, strike

Antonyms: Noun

advantage, asset, edge, plus

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Examples of drawback in a Sentence


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 critics say there are serious drawbacks to his approach. Anne Flaherty, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Do migrants who enter illegally get ‘due process’?," 26 June 2018 But there may be drawbacks, including monthly fees in some cases. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "New Law Will Let Consumers ‘Freeze’ Credit Files Without Charge," 1 June 2018 One drawback for the Hollywood elite in the tax law: Many are likely to get hit by the $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local taxes. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Trump’s tax cuts help his loudest critics in Hollywood (and hurt lower-income showbiz pros)," 3 May 2018 While there were clearly drawbacks, Kaul also recognized that the house had many unique features. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A major renovation improved 1872 Walker's Point home but kept the Gothic Revival charm," 3 May 2018 But of course, there are drawbacks to going to Daylight Saving Time year-round. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Florida Lawmakers Just Voted to Keep Daylight Saving Time All Year Long," 8 Mar. 2018 The only drawback was a lack of hotel rooms, leading to an accommodations score of 2.4. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "2026 World Cup: United States, Mexico, Canada win bid to host," 13 June 2018 The only drawback is that a smaller share of Americans are working now than in 2000. Heather Long, chicagotribune.com, "Trump says economy may be the 'greatest in history.' Let's check the record.," 6 June 2018 Perhaps the biggest drawback to the configuration is length. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "Skycouch, where have you been?," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of drawback


1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of drawback

: something that causes problems


draw·back | \ˈdrȯ-ˌbak \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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