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) \
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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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

But the devices are expensive and very heavy, a drawback for airplanes, so they are not widely used. Malcolm Ritter, chicagotribune.com, "‘Clear-air turbulence’ like what likely hit Air Canada flight can strike without warning," 12 July 2019 But the devices are expensive and very heavy, a drawback for airplanes, so they are not widely used. Washington Post, "Science Says: Airplane turbulence can strike out of the blue," 12 July 2019 The league will also leverage tech to address what has been a significant drawback in lacrosse: the keeping of statistics. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Can a New Barnstorming, Player-Centric Lacrosse League Serve as a Template for Other Sports?," 16 Nov. 2018 To that end, the WTA invested considerable resources in studying the merits and drawbacks of instituting an age limit. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Coco Gauff and the Legality of the Teenager Professional Athlete," 3 July 2019 Recent breakthroughs in producing plastics from cellulose or lignin (the dry matter in plants) promise to overcome those drawbacks. Javier Garcia Martinez, Scientific American, "Bioplastics Could Solve a Major Pollution Problem," 1 July 2019 Adding Bluetooth to the bulbs comes with some big benefits and really only some minor drawbacks. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Philips Hue bulbs now come with Bluetooth, so you don’t need a hub," 27 June 2019 Indeed, there are merits and drawbacks on both sides of the equation. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Should You Sign Your Marriage License Before Your Big Day?," 26 June 2019 Thus, New Guineans recognize drawbacks as well as heartwarming benefits of village life. Jared Diamond, National Geographic, "How the pros and cons of city living vary around the world," 22 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for drawback

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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