shortcoming

noun
short·​com·​ing | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkə-miŋ , ˌshȯrt-ˈkə-\

Definition of shortcoming

: an imperfection or lack that detracts from the whole also : the quality or state of being flawed or lacking

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Synonyms & Antonyms for shortcoming

Synonyms

demerit, dereliction, failing, fault, foible, frailty, sin, vice, want, weakness

Antonyms

merit, virtue

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Examples of shortcoming in a Sentence

Her lack of attention to detail is her biggest shortcoming. The main shortcoming of this camera is that it uses up batteries quickly.

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While such treatments are sometimes ineffective, that shortcoming doesn’t impart efficacy on marijuana either. Peter B. Bach, WSJ, "If Weed Is Medicine, So Is Budweiser," 17 Jan. 2019 The report pinpoints specific shortcomings of each company. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Reports to Senate criticize social media giants for providing incomplete data in Russia probe," 17 Dec. 2018 The new Paperwhite's shortcomings are just as familiar as its design and overall experience. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kindle Paperwhite 2018 review: A more premium e-reader at the right price," 7 Nov. 2018 Expanding the toolbox of what Bixby can do across all the devices that Samsung offers it on could go a long way to bridging those shortcomings (assuming developers show up, that is). Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Samsung reportedly opening up Bixby to third-party skills," 2 Nov. 2018 But despite Jones' shortcomings, his fans stood ferociously through his struggles and supported the singer who is considered to be one of the greatest influence on country music. Fox News, "9 of country music's most shocking moments," 4 Oct. 2018 If nothing else, the spirit of DIY and hacking remains alive and well for people to make up their own solutions for the shortcomings of big tech companies. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018 The result was to short-change democratic discourse in the US — an outcome made possible by the shortcomings of the US laws and rules that are supposed to ensure fair election outcomes. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "How Russian money and influence slipped through cracks in the US legal system," 25 Oct. 2018 That’s not to say the Kicks is without its shortcomings. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "2018 Nissan Kicks Test Drive: It shouldn't be good, but it is," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of shortcoming

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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shortcoming

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shortcoming

: a weakness in someone's character : a personal fault or failing
: a bad feature : a flaw or defect in something

shortcoming

noun
short·​com·​ing | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkə-miŋ \

Kids Definition of shortcoming

: fault sense 1 … her most serious shortcoming seemed to be a tendency to fall into daydreams in the middle of a task …— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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