Definition of drawback in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈdrɔːbak/


1A feature that renders something less acceptable; a disadvantage or problem: the main drawback of fitting catalytic converters is the cost
More example sentences
  • The main drawback of a global fitting strategy is the time needed to reach convergence.
  • The main difficulties and drawbacks to these methods are the quality of the obtained parts.
  • Both have good color rendering, but have drawbacks when they're used outdoors.
disadvantage, snag, downside, stumbling block, catch, hitch, pitfall, fly in the ointment;
weak spot/point, weakness, flaw, defect, imperfection, fault;
handicap, limitation, trouble, difficulty, problem, issue, complication, liability, nuisance;
hindrance, obstacle, hurdle, impediment, obstruction, inconvenience, barrier, curb, check, discouragement, deterrent, damper;
British  disbenefit
informal minus, hiccup
British informal spanner in the works
North American informal monkey wrench in the works
2 (also duty drawback) An amount of excise or import duty remitted on goods exported: they had been complaining of difficulties in getting quick reimbursement of duty drawback
More example sentences
  • On the trade front, subsidies and duty drawbacks on inputs for exported goods were frequently used to promote exports.
  • Second, duty drawbacks on imported raw materials for exported manufactures - a policy that had been well established in the country since the days of William and Mary - were increased.
  • At the same time, the market expectation is that there is not likely to be any big relief on taxes and duty drawbacks.

Words that rhyme with drawback


For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: draw|back

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.