- 1Lack of success: an economic policy that is doomed to failureMore example sentences
lack of success, non-success, non-fulfilment, abortion, miscarriage, defeat, frustration, collapse, foundering, misfiring, coming to nothing, falling through• informal fizzling outfiasco, debacle, catastrophe, disaster, blunder, vain attempt, abortion, defeat; British damp squib• informal flop, botch, hash, foul-up, screw-up, washout, let-down, dead loss, dead duck, lead balloon, lemon, failBritish • informal cock-up, pig's ear
- New national policies are doomed to failure if they are not part of an overall solution.
- It may be argued that the degree of disturbance of these areas is a barometer of the success or failure of the policies adopted here for the past five decades.
- However, the sheer irrationality of continuing to expand a policy doomed to failure begs an explanation.
- 1.1 [count noun] An unsuccessful person or thing: bad weather had resulted in crop failuresMore example sentences
- Remember, there are no failures in the business of plan implementation, only feedback.
- There are 22,000 schools in Britain, many, by this Government's own reckoning, failures in the business of education.
- Cassie is considered somewhat a failure since she was unsuccessful in joining the school's social elite.
- 2The neglect or omission of expected or required action: their failure to comply with the basic rulesMore example sentences
- The strictest compliance was expected and failure to comply meant harsh punishment.
- There is no requirement that failure to comply with these provisions has any causative relationship to the making of the statement.
- Colleges could face stiff sanctions for failure to comply with requirements, the bill states.
- 2.1 [count noun] A lack or deficiency of a desirable quality: a failure of imaginationMore example sentences
- He was the tangible symbol of the Baby Boom, its conceits, its self-absorption, its lack of discipline and failures of responsibility.
- A spokesman from Orkney Islands Council said there was no suggestion of any failures in the quality of the service provided by staff to the food industry and consumers.
- We are more tolerant of failures in quality now, and more receptive, at last, to the thought that the idea is more important than the medium.
- 3The action or state of not functioning: symptoms of heart failure [count noun]: a chance engine failureMore example sentences
- Kidney failure occurs when kidney function deteriorates to such an extent that death will occur without renal replacement therapy such as haemodialysis.
- The damage can lead to poor liver function and liver failure.
- This is important for patients with impaired kidney function or liver failure who cannot clear the extra ammonia.
- 3.1 [count noun] A sudden cessation of power: a sudden power failureMore example sentences
- During any sudden power failure, the system automatically switches to regular electricity.
- I suggest it's time to investigate various aircraft accidents, power failures, and claims of abductions with the realization that UFOs are real.
- Strikes, accidents, weather, power failures - does it really matter why the trains aren't running?
- 3.2 [count noun] The collapse of a business: business failures rose by 53%More example sentences
- This has led to a worldwide assault on auto workers' jobs, as well as business failures, including the bankruptcy announcement earlier this month by Daewoo Motors of South Korea.
- This coincides with rising or record levels of poverty, homelessness, job insecurity, personal bankruptcies and small business failures.
- Are we going to see more closures or failures in the ISP business?
mid 17th century (originally as failer, in the senses 'non-occurrence' and 'cessation of supply'): from Anglo-Norman French failer for Old French faillir (see fail).