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
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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic’s shock to the supply chain is a reminder of our vulnerability in sourcing key components, and the consumer experiences the brunt of this weakness. WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 The digital boom is still in full bloom for the two companies featured—despite overall weakness is the global tech sector this year. Justin Doebele, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 In addition to fatigue and muscle weakness, COVID has also been connected to higher rates of depression, hair loss, cardiovascular disease, and heart attacks. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 12 Aug. 2022 Barrero’s biggest weakness is recognizing breaking balls. The Enquirer, 12 Aug. 2022 Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 Aug. 2022 The team is also in flux with depth, a weakness for this season. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 But a resilient trade sector would help offset the broader weakness. Laura He, CNN, 8 Aug. 2022 The club believes Pham represented an upgrade of a season-long weakness, outfield production. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of weakness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Weakness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weakness. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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