drawback

noun
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

verb
\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, 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 decision to break up does come with some drawbacks for investors, however. Charley Grant, WSJ, "The Downside of a United Technologies Breakup," 27 Nov. 2018 But dating one of the world's biggest stars does come with some drawbacks. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "'SNL' star Pete Davidson recalls working with 'psycho' Donald Trump and his 'bad' audition to portray him," 28 Aug. 2018 While less expensive than most casket burials and potentially less toxic than embalming, cremation does have some environmental drawbacks. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "No Expensive Caskets. No Toxic Chemicals. 'Green Burials' Growing In Popularity In Connecticut," 6 July 2018 From a practical parenting standpoint, the speeder does have some drawbacks. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "I couldn’t test-drive Radio Flyer’s Star Wars landspeeder, but my 5-year-old did," 6 July 2018 And so the movement to assign a trans identity to children who exhibit gender dysphoria has some great benefits, in relieving acute psychic pressure, but also inevitably, has some drawbacks. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 Small antibodies do have some drawbacks for medicine, researchers caution. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Mini-antibodies discovered in sharks and camels could lead to drugs for cancer and other diseases," 10 May 2018 Republicans and Democrats are employing very different fundraising strategies ahead of the midterm elections, but the results of a special election in Pennsylvania show the GOP strategy may have some drawbacks. Alana Abramson, Time, "The Pennsylvania Special Election Exposed a Big Flaw in GOP Campaign Spending," 14 Mar. 2018 Executives from traditional studios were quick to point out the film’s commercial drawbacks. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Netflix Sees Oscar Gold in ‘Roma,’ but Hollywood Isn’t So Sure," 17 Nov. 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 \

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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