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
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 Sterling’s weakness has been far more closely linked to the prospects of a no-deal Brexit. Washington Post, "Pound Slide More About Brexit Than the Economy," 18 Sep. 2019 But through two games, what many discussed as a potential weakness has been a strength for the Cardinals. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Despite a lack of size, Louisville football's front 7 is making a big impact," 8 Sep. 2019 Here are the next Edge’s current strengths and weaknesses. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on with the next Microsoft Edge, Microsoft's revamped Chromium-based browser," 28 Aug. 2019 In one of the season's most pivotal, moving scenes, Barnes, dressed as Barbra Streisand, jokingly confronts She Wolf Sheila during his act, in a tense exchange that exposes both characters' strengths and weaknesses. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'Glow' Actor Kevin Cahoon Describes Creating Drag Character Bobby Barnes, Shares Personal Playlist," 27 Aug. 2019 Sharapova’s service game has long been fragile, and now, in the wake of a shoulder procedure earlier this year, the weakness is even more glaring. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "US Open: Serena Williams delivers powerful punch, in classic form against Maria Sharapova," 22 Aug. 2019 The weakness of our immigration laws is being exploited to the fullest. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Border violators could be blue or green–it’s economic, not racial," 22 Aug. 2019 The weakness of this team will be ... This is more of something that can’t carry over into this fall. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Predicting Alabama’s record, breakout stars and toughest opponent for 2019," 22 Aug. 2019 The weakness in manufacturing is showing signs of spilling over into the broader economy. Alex Tanzi, Fortune, "U.S. Manufacturing Sector Shrinks for First Time Since 2009," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of weakness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of weakness was in the 14th century

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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 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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