W3 [ˈwi:knıs] n
2¦(lack of power)¦
6 a weakness for something
1.) ¦(FAULT)¦
a fault in someone's character or in a system, organization, design etc
The legislation has a fundamental weakness.
The plan has strengths and weaknesses .
2.) ¦(LACK OF POWER)¦[U]
lack of strength, power, or influence
weakness in
weakness in the economy
weakness of
the growing weakness of local government
3.) ¦(BODY)¦[U]
the state of being physically weak
muscular weakness
weakness in
weakness in the right arm
4.) ¦(CHARACTER)¦[U]
lack of determination shown in someone's behaviour
He couldn't explain his weakness in giving in to her demands.
I dared not cry or show any sign of weakness .
weakness of
his weakness of character
5.) ¦(MONEY)¦[U]
the condition of not being worth a lot of money
weakness of
the weakness of the pound against the dollar
6.) a weakness for sth
if you have a weakness for something, you like it very much even though it may not be good for you
I have a real weakness for fashionable clothes.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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