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

\ 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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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 Any meaningful change is basically a set of drawbacks and benefits. Sarah Bures, New York Times, "Exploring the Invisible Impact of Technology," 6 May 2020 The obvious alternative -- seeking prices online -- comes with a number of drawbacks including low penetration of e-commerce in developing countries, which may cause inflation data distortions. Matthew Malinowski, Bloomberg.com, "Virus Adds to Inflation Doubts at Key Time for Latin America," 28 Apr. 2020 What are some of the drawbacks of different forms of verifiable voting? Quanta Magazine, "Cryptography Pioneer Seeks Secure Elections the Low-Tech Way," 12 Mar. 2020 With its new morning routines of adjusting one’s voice disguiser, gait blocker, and special glasses, Pseudoworld has a lot of clear drawbacks. Jonathan Zittrain, The Atlantic, "A World Without Privacy Will Revive the Masquerade," 7 Feb. 2020 As one of the main drawbacks of intermittent fasting can be depleted energy, Bach said this could take a harder toll on women. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Is Intermittent Fasting Different For Women? Here’s What You Should Know Before Trying It," 26 Dec. 2019 There is not much discussion of the drawbacks of island life. The Economist, "Modern sculpture helps revive a dying corner of Japan," 21 Nov. 2019 One of the few drawbacks of the card is that compared with other leading airline credit cards, Norwegian isn't in one of the major airline alliances—which include SkyTeam, Oneworld, and Star Alliance. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Air Is Launching a Credit Card for Devoted Budget Fliers," 5 Nov. 2019 Prepare for a long setup process One of the drawbacks of bundling a Google Assistant with a mesh Wi-Fi kit is the sheer length of the setup process necessary to get both going at once. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Nest Wi-Fi is a big improvement over Google Wi-Fi. But is it enough?," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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“Drawback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawback. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drawback

: something that causes problems


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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