weakness weak‧ness [ˈwiːkns] noun1. [uncountable] a lack of power, success, or influence:
• The stock market doesn't fully reflect the weakness in the economy.
• With this weakness in the market, buyers are able to name their prices and find willing sellers.2. [countable] part of something that can be criticized easily:
• A major weakness of the firm has been its reliance on its headquarters in Atlanta for making decisions.
• a serious weakness in the system
* * *weakness UK US /ˈwiːknəs/ noun► [U] a situation in which someone or something is at a low level or is not strong or successful: weakness against sth »
The dollar's weakness against the Euro has made European goods more expensive here.weakness in sth »
Weakness in the economy is accelerating.»
She is concerned by the weakness of Europe's single currency.► [C] a particular part or quality of someone or something that is not good or effective: »
A smart management team knows its company's strengths and weaknesses.»
There are definite weaknesses in their security arrangements.»
His main weakness is his inability to delegate.
Financial and business terms. 2012.
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Weakness — Weak ness, n. 1. The quality or state of being weak; want of strength or firmness; lack of vigor; want of resolution or of moral strength; feebleness. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is a mark of lack of strength or resolution; a fault; a defect.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
weakness — ► NOUN 1) the state or condition of being weak. 2) a disadvantage or fault. 3) a person or thing that one is unable to resist. 4) (weakness for) a self indulgent liking for … English terms dictionary
weakness — [wēknis] n. 1. the state or quality of being weak 2. a weak point; fault or defect, as in one s character 3. a) a liking; esp., an immoderate fondness (for something) b) something of which one is immoderately fond [candy is my one weakness] SYN.… … English World dictionary
weakness — index caducity, defect, deficiency, detriment, disability (physical inability), disadvantage, disease, flaw, foible … Law dictionary
weakness — c.1300, quality of being weak, from WEAK (Cf. weak) + NESS (Cf. ness). Meaning a disadvantage, vulnerability is from 1590s. That of self indulgent fondness is from 1712; meaning thing for which one has an indulgent fondness is from 1822 … Etymology dictionary
weakness — [n] defect, proneness Achilles heel*, appetite*, blemish, chink in armor*, debility, decrepitude, deficiency, delicacy, enervation, failing, faintness, fault, feebleness, flaw, fondness, fragility, frailty, gap, impairment, imperfection,… … New thesaurus
Weakness — This article is about the medical condition. For other uses, see Weakness (disambiguation). Asthenia redirects here. The tortrix moth genus is nowadays considered a junior synonym of Epinotia. ICD 10 M62.8 ICD 9 728.87 ( … Wikipedia
weakness — weak|ness W3 [ˈwi:knıs] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(fault)¦ 2¦(lack of power)¦ 3¦(body)¦ 4¦(character)¦ 5¦(money)¦ 6 a weakness for something ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(FAULT)¦ a fault in someone s character or in a system, organization, design etc … Dictionary of contemporary English
weakness — noun 1 lack of strength ADJECTIVE ▪ big, fundamental, great, major, profound, serious, significant ▪ glaring ▪ … Collocations dictionary
weakness — n. quality of being weak 1) to reveal, show weakness 2) weakness in (his weakness in mathematics) fondness 3) a weakness for (a weakness for chocolate) * * * [ wiːknɪs] show weakness [ quality of being weak ] to reveal [ fondness ] a weakness for … Combinatory dictionary