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weakness

Syllabification: weak·ness
Pronunciation: /ˈwēknəs
 
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Definition of weakness in English:

noun

1The state or condition of lacking strength: the country’s weakness in international dealings
More example sentences
  • The nerve condition is characterized by weakness and quick fatigue of facial muscles.
  • Other symptoms include general weakness, a weak cry and various neurological disorders.
  • Yet it undertakes this task in conditions of profound economic weakness.
Synonyms
1.1A quality or feature regarded as a disadvantage or fault: you must recognize your product’s strengths and weaknesses
More example sentences
  • You know, we all have our strengths and our weaknesses, our faults and our abilities.
  • We know each other's faults and weaknesses and complement each other.
  • There are actually numerous ways to intercept packets in Windows, each with their own disadvantages and weaknesses.
Synonyms
1.2A person or thing that one is unable to resist or likes excessively: you’re his one weakness—he should never have met you
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  • I’m normally not much of a collector but books are a weakness of mine.
  • French fries are a weakness of mine and I have a hard time saying no to any offering of crisp, golden potato sticks.
  • Puppies are my one weakness. I love puppies!
1.3 [in singular] (weakness for) A self-indulgent liking for: he had a great weakness for Scotch whisky
More example sentences
  • I've always had a weakness for the company of good-looking men.
  • I invest quite a lot of money for my children, but I also have a definite weakness for shoes - I can't resist them.
Synonyms
fondness, liking, partiality, preference, love, penchant, soft spot, predilection, inclination, taste, eye;
enthusiasm, appetite;
susceptibility

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