A fault or failure to meet a certain standard, typically in a person’s character, a plan, or a system: he discussed the shortcomings of his wife
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- Their youth and beauty also made up for any shortcomings in this area on the part of the wife.
- Film observers say that the industry needs to sit up and discuss its shortcomings.
- Of course he had his shortcomings like us all but these were mainly inclined to show up on the home front.
defect, fault, flaw, imperfection, deficiency, limitation, blemish, failing, drawback, weakness, weak point, foible, fallibility, frailty, vice, infirmity
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