short·​com·​ing | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce shortcoming (audio) , ˌshȯrt-ˈkə- \

Definition of shortcoming

: an imperfection or lack that detracts from the whole also : the quality or state of being flawed or lacking

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Examples of shortcoming in a Sentence

Her lack of attention to detail is her biggest shortcoming. The main shortcoming of this camera is that it uses up batteries quickly.
Recent Examples on the Web So, the fact that the LG CordZero is missing this feature isn’t a shortcoming in my opinion. Maren Estrada, BGR, 27 July 2022 Made hungry by his shortcoming and confident by his comeback, Chen’s performances across the team event and through the men’s singles were sensational, even record-setting. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 The ruling Liberal Democratic Party from which Kishida and Suga hail is infamous for burying its shortcoming and scandals in flurry of electioneering. William Pesek, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Cole lasted only two-plus innings, allowing three runs and four hits with two walks in his latest shortcoming against Boston. Kyle Hightower, Chron, 6 Oct. 2021 The complaints alleged that Facebook has been hiding its shortcoming about stopping the spread of hate speech and misinformation on its service to investors and the public. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 4 Oct. 2021 Automated tools can help companies address this shortcoming by creating content and consistency in omnichannel communication based on customer characteristics and preferences. Ted Levine, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 There is a deep reason for this curious shortcoming. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, 21 Oct. 2021 One key shortcoming in today’s security standards is that they are all mostly focused on securing and managing SaaS apps security teams know about or are used regularly. Lior Yaari, Forbes, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shortcoming

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Shortcoming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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short·​com·​ing | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce shortcoming (audio) \

Kids Definition of shortcoming

: fault sense 1 … her most serious shortcoming seemed to be a tendency to fall into daydreams in the middle of a task …— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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