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

Humidifiers can add moisture to the air in various ways, each with advantages and potential drawbacks. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Humidifiers to Buy This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 But there has been a lot of debate over a drawback that eats into that gain: some of the natural gas leaks into the atmosphere during production and transportation. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "How leaky is natural gas production? One puzzle solved," 2 Nov. 2018 Apart from heavily lobbying government officials in Europe, trade groups are funding doomsday financial forecasts and creating worst-case scenario video campaigns warning people of the rule’s potential drawbacks. New York Times, "The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law," 27 May 2018 Photo: Thomas Di Fonzo/The Wall Street Journal Millimeter-wave frequencies have their drawbacks. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Once-Worthless Radio Waves Get New Life in Spectrum Auction," 14 Nov. 2018 The only drawback is that the Apple ECG app, which uses the Series 4's electrodes, won't be available until later this year. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "You can preorder the Apple Watch Series 4 today, starting at $399," 14 Sep. 2018 But starring in a full-length film has its drawbacks. Rajni Lucienne Jacques, Teen Vogue, "The "Skate Kitchen" All-Girl Crew Knows Their Visibility Matters," 8 Aug. 2018 The only drawback is that the infant carrier must always be used with the base. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Infant Car Seat Reviews," 10 June 2011 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

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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 \

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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