weakness

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web

Despite its many structural weaknesses, Russia is increasingly valued by Beijing because of its diplomatic clout, remaining military might and weapons know-how. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 As a runner, my mental game used to always be my biggest weakness; my brain would give up way before my body. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "Why All Runners Should Consider Adding Yoga to Their Routines," 15 Jan. 2019 Facebook remains an extremely wealthy company, and has many talented employees doing their best to shore up its weaknesses. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 Asking for help is viewed as a sign of weakness, a deeply troubling character flaw. Vanessa Willhoughby, Allure, "The Reality of Navigating the Mental Health System as a Black Woman," 13 Oct. 2018 The perception of drug addiction is still predicated on weakness, sin, and shame—all of which deserve punishment or justify exploitation. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 But May’s precariousness has long given her an air of weakness, especially when negotiating with the full 27 governments of E.U. states. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Boris Johnson's Resignation Over Brexit Could Lead to Major Shakeups in British Politics. Here's What to Know," 9 July 2018 All three were major weaknesses, even in a 48-win season. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Despite slow trade market, Pacers shake up roster while keeping options open for 2019," 6 July 2018 Once a display of strength, relations with Russia have become a mirror to America’s big weakness, the political threat from within. The Economist, "The Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of weakness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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weakness

noun

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

weakness

noun
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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