weak·​ness | \ ˈwēk-nəs How to pronounce weakness (audio) \

Definition of weakness

1 : the quality or state of being weak also : an instance or period of being weak backed down in a moment of weakness
2 : fault, defect
3a : a special desire or fondness has a weakness for sweets
b : an object of special desire or fondness pizza is my weakness

Examples of weakness in a Sentence

The weakness of her voice surprised me. The incident exposed his weakness as a leader. Some see compromise as a sign of weakness. the weakness of a radio signal connection the weakness of the dollar I told them my secret in a moment of weakness. The tutor assessed the student's strengths and weaknesses. The basketball team has few weaknesses. Chocolate is my greatest weakness. He has a weakness for desserts. See More
Recent Examples on the Web That partly reflects the relative weakness of the eurozone economy, which has been squeezed by surging energy prices, as well as the anticipation of further interest-rate increases by the Federal Reserve. Tom Fairless, WSJ, 20 May 2022 This is an inherent weakness if your organization is using only IaC for provisioning infrastructure without further visibility into how that infrastructure is being used. Edan Evantal, Forbes, 20 May 2022 May showed extraordinary weakness, Johnson extraordinary cynicism, and the EU extraordinary political ignorance and inflexibility. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 18 May 2022 Progressives argue that the race demonstrates the weakness of corporate interests when compared to the will of the voters. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 18 May 2022 Perhaps the current movie version, following a 2019 film of a royal visit to the Abbey, and six seasons on PBS, has the oddest weakness of all for a sequel to a beloved costume drama: The majority of characters are fundamentally happy. Thelma Adams, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 Percival now has a ring made out of the stuff, and Archie hates a weakness! Samantha Highfill, EW.com, 16 May 2022 This concern is shared by the majority of Russian citizens, who believe the United States has taken advantage of their country’s weakness after the collapse of the Soviet Union to bring missiles to its borders. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Republicans cannot be wrong, cannot lose fairly, cannot concede an inch, because to do so would show weakness. David Faris, The Week, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of weakness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Weakness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weakness. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for weakness


weak·​ness | \ ˈwēk-nəs How to pronounce weakness (audio) \

Kids Definition of weakness

1 : lack of strength
2 : a weak point : flaw The plan has some weaknesses.
3 : a special fondness or the object of a special fondness Chocolate is my weakness.

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