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

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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 Border crisis, national debt, international weakness. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2021 There is a pressure to be a cut-throat, insensitive person, but even the people in power have moments of weakness and defeat. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 11 June 2021 The Celtics defense took a considerable step back this year, and that is Parker’s primary weakness. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 Education stocks were lower again on concerns surrounding new afterschool tutoring rules as a global investment bank downgraded TAL Education and New Orient, which lead to further weakness overnight. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 8 June 2021 But the actions reflect not PRC strength, but weakness. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 7 June 2021 Sensing weakness, the Suns pounced to even the series. Arkansas Online, 5 June 2021 Given the decentralized nature of US elections and the diversity of equipment and procedures in use, there’s no single tool that can solve every problem and secure every weakness. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 3 June 2021 Unless there is weakness or atrophy present, a deliberate approach is prudent, and rushing to surgery is unwise. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of weakness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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15 Jun 2021

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“Weakness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weakness. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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