weak·ness | \ ˈwēk-nəs \

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

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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.
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Major risk factors for accidental falls include lower body weakness, vitamin D deficiency (this nutrient helps with bone strength), vision problems, medicines that affect balance, difficulty walking, and more, according to the CDC. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 These weaknesses are what created a vacuum for June to escape and Aunt Lydia to get straight-up stabbed in the back and thrown down some stairs. refinery29.com, "What That Frustrating Handmaid's Tale Finale Means For Season 3," 11 July 2018 Putin will perceive that kind of language as a sign of weakness. Joshua Tucker, Washington Post, "Will it be ‘happy talk’ — or will Trump and Putin focus on arms control and other critical issues?," 13 July 2018 If Trump avoids the subject, Putin will read that as a sign of weakness. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Russian Agents’ Indictment Raises Stakes Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit," 13 July 2018 But even before the family-separation policy erupted into a political crisis, Trump was showing signs of weakness in Texas. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 To think that psychology is an indicator of weakness, truly is an ignorant statement. USA TODAY, "Ken Ravizza, a titan in the mental side of baseball and mentor to Joe Maddon, dies at 70," 9 July 2018 In testing, having multiple browser shortcuts at the ready was essential for leveraging their different strengths and weaknesses. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 Another area of weakness is creating a useful, productive future workforce. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of weakness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of weakness

: the quality or state of being weak

: a quality or feature that prevents someone or something from being effective or useful

: something that you like so much that you are often unable to resist it


weak·ness | \ ˈwēk-nəs \

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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