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) \

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

The ability to make such transfers avoids a significant drawback. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: 529 Education Savings Accounts," 15 Feb. 2019 But dating one of the most in-demand artists in the world comes with a few drawbacks. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Pete Davidson recalls asking Ariana Grande to marry him when they first met: 'I'll marry you tomorrow'," 16 Aug. 2018 Yet as a business model online advertising has two big drawbacks, says Ethan Zuckerman of MIT’s Centre for Civic Media. The Economist, "More knock-on than networkThe story of the internet is all about layers," 28 June 2018 Of course, there are also drawbacks, such as poorer surface quality. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 Photo: kirby lee/Reuters There are potential drawbacks to playing this weekend, especially for undefeated teams. Brian Costa, WSJ, "On College Football’s Championship Weekend: Win and You’re In (Maybe)," 30 Nov. 2018 But there are drawbacks to being a social media star, too. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Instagram star Omar Raja was feeling burnt out ... until Kobe Bryant gave him a pep talk," 13 July 2018 While they were relieved to have a place to go, Ms. Cruz said there would be some drawbacks to the new arrangement. New York Times, "For Puerto Rican Evacuees, a Journey Without End," 1 July 2018 Unfortunately, while wet-aging the beef does help to tenderize it somewhat, there are some serious drawbacks. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Why dry-aged steak is superior, and where to buy it in Chicago for cooking at home," 14 June 2018

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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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