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
3 a :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

  1. The weakness of her voice surprised me.

  2. The incident exposed his weakness as a leader.

  3. Some see compromise as a sign of weakness.

  4. the weakness of a radio signal connection

  5. the weakness of the dollar

  6. I told them my secret in a moment of weakness.

  7. The tutor assessed the student's strengths and weaknesses.

  8. The basketball team has few weaknesses.

  9. Chocolate is my greatest weakness.

  10. He has a weakness for desserts.

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First Known Use of weakness

14th century


WEAKNESS Defined for English Language Learners

weakness

noun

Definition of weakness for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

weakness

noun weak·ness \ ˈwēk-nəs \

Definition of weakness for Students

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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