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draw·​back ˈdrȯ-ˌbak How to pronounce drawback (audio)
: a refund of duties especially on an imported product subsequently exported or used to produce a product for export
: an objectionable feature : disadvantage
The plan's only drawback is its cost.

draw back

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drew back; drawn back; drawing back; draws back

intransitive verb

: to avoid an issue or commitment

Example Sentences

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
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Word History

First Known Use


1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drawback was in 1572

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“Drawback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawback. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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draw·​back ˈdrȯ-ˌbak How to pronounce drawback (audio)
: an undesirable feature : disadvantage entry 1

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