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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UPnP weaknesses can also allow hackers to bypass firewall protections. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips," 12 Nov. 2018 Each sign boasts an individual approach to life, complete with dynamic strengths and frustrating weaknesses. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 In addition, migraine auras can cause temporary, partial or full blindness, as well as muscle weakness. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Most political campaigns make the mistake of attacking opponents’ weakness instead of their strength. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Eyeing a 2020 run, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explains how he (or someone else) could beat Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 The exact cause of the collapse is as yet unknown, with authorities expecting to find it was caused by underlying structural weaknesses. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Bridge Collapse In Italy Leaves At Least 22 Dead," 14 Aug. 2018 The Dutch defenses have only one weakness: chilly weather. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Moses Bridge: The Netherlands' Bridge Under Troubled Water," 6 Aug. 2018 Rome suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disorder of progressive muscular weakness that mainly occurs in males. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Firefighters answer call to make boy's birthday dream come true," 7 July 2018 Ahead of the listing, general weakness in Asian stocks was also a drag. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Xiaomi Defies Skeptics to Rally in Opening Week," 13 July 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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