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, again, these studies have their drawbacks—they’re not measuring arousal or libido directly. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Does Cannabis Actually Affect Sex?," 25 Mar. 2019 Chief Executive Greg Hayes had publicly weighed the potential benefits and drawbacks of a breakup for most of this year. Charley Grant, WSJ, "The Downside of a United Technologies Breakup," 27 Nov. 2018 For all its drawbacks, a real camera, even a point-and-shoot, feels like a precision tool by comparison. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Is the iPhone XS Max Too Big?," 21 Sep. 2018 Each has their drawbacks and benefits, and all come with a hefty amount of DIY elbow grease. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 surprising vehicles you can convert into a home on wheels," 27 July 2018 What are the benefits and drawbacks of subscribing to a vehicle? Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Car subscriptions could be boon for travelers," 1 July 2018 But there's a big drawback: Not all of the rides will be open on those dates. Megan Friedman And Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Disney Just Released New Details for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Both Disney World and Disneyland," 8 Mar. 2019 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

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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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