short|com|ing [ˈʃo:tˌkʌmıŋ US ˈʃo:rt-] n [C usually plural]
a fault or weakness that makes someone or something less successful or effective than they should be
Peter was painfully aware of his own shortcomings.
shortcoming of
the shortcomings of our local government system
shortcoming in
The report suggested that there were severe shortcomings in police tactics.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Shortcoming — Short com ing, n. The act of falling, or coming short; as: (a) The failure of a crop, or the like. (b) Neglect of, or failure in, performance of duty. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shortcoming — index breach, decrement, defect, deficiency, deficit, disadvantage, disqualification (factor that disqualifies), failure ( …   Law dictionary

  • shortcoming — 1670s, from the phrase to come short be inadequate (1570s); see SHORT (Cf. short) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shortcoming — *imperfection, deficiency, fault Analogous words: defect, flaw, *blemish: failing, frailty, foible, *fault Contrasted words: *excellence, merit, virtue, perfection …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shortcoming — [n] weak point bug*, catch*, defect, deficiency, demerit, drawback, failing, fault, flaw, frailty, imperfection, infirmity, lack, lapse, sin, weakness; concepts 411,666,674,679 Ant. advantage, strong point, success …   New thesaurus

  • shortcoming — ► NOUN ▪ a failure to meet a certain standard; a fault or defect …   English terms dictionary

  • shortcoming — [shôrtkum΄iŋ] n. a falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency …   English World dictionary

  • Shortcoming — (Roget s Thesaurus) >motion short of. < N PARAG:Shortcoming >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 shortcoming shortcoming failure Sgm: N 1 falling short falling short &c. >V. Sgm: N 1 default default defalcation Sgm: N 1 leeway leeway …   English dictionary for students

  • shortcoming — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ alleged, perceived ▪ obvious ▪ There were obvious shortcomings in the report. ▪ fundamental, main, major …   Collocations dictionary

  • shortcoming — /shawrt kum ing/, n. a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy. [1670 80; SHORT + COMING] Syn. fault, flaw, failing, weakness. * * * …   Universalium

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