draw·​back | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌbak How to pronounce drawback (audio) \

Definition of drawback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a refund of duties especially on an imported product subsequently exported or used to produce a product for export
2 : an objectionable feature : disadvantage The plan's only drawback is its cost.

draw back

\ drȯ-ˈbak How to pronounce draw back (audio) \
drew back; drawn back; drawing back; draws back

Definition of draw back (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to avoid an issue or commitment

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Synonyms & Antonyms for drawback

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of drawback in a Sentence

Noun The trip sounds great, but cost is a major drawback. this plan has only one drawback: it's unworkable
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Humans are both a benefit and a drawback when residing in the driver’s seat. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The main and by-now familiar drawback is that the series' pacing doesn't exhibit a bit more of the latter. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Nov. 2020 The only drawback to getting auto enrolled into Original Medicare is for those who do not research their options. Gregory Gurbikian, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The only drawback is that the search for 'cute haircuts' brings up a grid of a million people, who might not look anything like you. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 26 Aug. 2021 One big drawback when working from home is the lack of space. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Perhaps its only drawback lies in its non-adjustable leg loops. Joe Knapp, Popular Mechanics, 13 Aug. 2021 Robinson hasn’t had as much time to craft for herself — one drawback of turning her passion into a business. Lizzy Lawrence, baltimoresun.com, 13 July 2021 The biggest drawback is price: Good-quality prefinished flooring costs from $8 to more than $14 per square foot, installed. Kevin Brasler, Star Tribune, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of drawback


1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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15 Oct 2021

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“Drawback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawback. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drawback

: something that causes problems : disadvantage


draw·​back | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌbak How to pronounce drawback (audio) \

Kids Definition of drawback

: an unwanted feature or characteristic My only drawback is that I look something like a mouse.— E. B. White, Stuart Little

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