Definition of shortcoming
: an imperfection or lack that detracts from the whole; also : the quality or state of being flawed or lacking
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.
Recent Examples of shortcoming from the Web
ShotSpotter in Jefferson has had other, unexpected shortcomings.
Accept the plan and let the intellectual descendants of Critical Race Theory dictate the bounds of permissible thought to the sciences and the rest of the college, or insist on discussing the plan’s shortcomings and be branded as racists.
And leveraging prenatal care to push Zika testing has its own shortcomings.
A defense attorney and former prosecutor, Miller was aware of some of the jail’s shortcomings even before he was elected in 2014.
Herrera can not shoulder all the blame for Friday's shortcomings.
And the bullpen’s shortcomings were on gut-wrenching display in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings on Saturday night.
The Tribune also has reported on the shortcomings marring three other DCFS investigations; in those cases, children were beaten or starved to death by caretakers.
One shortcoming of the new API is that, despite the fact that more sites are starting to use XFN and FOAF markup to convey relationships between members, many still do not and Google thus has no way of knowing about some relationships.
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First Known Use of shortcoming
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Definition of shortcoming for English Language Learners
: a weakness in someone's character : a personal fault or failing
: a bad feature : a flaw or defect in something
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