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failure

noun

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1 the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action
  • your failure to check the batteries in the smoke detector could have tragic results

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2 a falling short of one's goals
  • the failure of the school's fund-raising drive was a big disappointment to all

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3 something that has failed
  • the students' first attempt to build a homemade rocket was a disappointing failure

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4 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number
  • the failure of the potato crop had a devastating effect on the population of Ireland

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5 the inability to pay one's debts
  • years of prolonged economic depression, when business failures were common

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  • solvency
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The first known use of failure was in 1643

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“Failure.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/failure. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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