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

Synonyms & Antonyms for drawback

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 Telehealth's primary drawback is, yet again, access. Sarah Sloat, Scientific American, 1 June 2022 In Salt Lake City, despite that potential drawback, the school board has discussed using and adding special programs to attract out-of-district students. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 One tip for alleviating this potential drawback is always to factor out non-repeatable anomalies, like one-time synchronization licensing, settlement and catch-up payments. Elan Jacoby, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2022 The only drawback is a breezy wind from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts possible at times. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 The only drawback is that there are no drainage holes on the bottom. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2022 The only drawback is that the fill is not made with true memory foam. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 20 May 2022 Back in the ’80s, when Shamai Grossman was mulling which medical specialty to choose, the major drawback of emergency medicine was that those doctors rarely got to learn what happened to their patients. Tara Bannow, STAT, 19 May 2022 Coinbase users may feel differently, however, after recently learning about one major drawback to their largely unregulated digital assets: a lack of bankruptcy protections. CBS News, 12 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'drawback.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of drawback


1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About drawback

Time Traveler for drawback

Time Traveler

The first known use of drawback was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near drawback

draw away


draw back

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for drawback

Last Updated

17 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Drawback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawback. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for drawback


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

More from Merriam-Webster on drawback

Nglish: Translation of drawback for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of drawback for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!