Definition of shortcoming in English:



usually shortcomings
  • A fault or failure to meet a certain standard, typically in a person's character, a plan, or a system.

    ‘he is so forthright about his shortcomings, it's hard to chastise him’
    • ‘He is frank about what he sees as the shortcomings of his great predecessors.’
    • ‘The time is at hand to correct all of these shortcomings as a matter of urgency.’
    • ‘Their youth and beauty also made up for any shortcomings in this area on the part of the wife.’
    • ‘Despite certain shortcomings it succeeds in opening our eyes and minds to the very nature of art itself.’
    • ‘It would be easy to castigate York for ineptness but their only shortcomings were lack of size and speed.’
    • ‘Jim Duffy made no attempt to hide from the reality of his side's shortcomings.’
    • ‘Unless we are prepared to accept our shortcomings we will never improve our condition.’
    • ‘There may well have been shortcomings in the doctoral thesis Dr King submitted.’
    • ‘Film observers say that the industry needs to sit up and discuss its shortcomings.’
    • ‘There are clearly still shortcomings in this area, and they must and will be rectified.’
    • ‘The November floods highlighted many shortcomings in the existing flood defences of our region.’
    • ‘The internet is showing real shortcomings, as users increase and applications diversify.’
    • ‘It's time that politicians stopped blaming their shortcomings on the population.’
    • ‘For all their shortcomings, there is more to celebrate in this team than some would have us believe.’
    • ‘The first step is to address the shortcomings of our education system.’
    • ‘The many strengths of the book have, I hope, been fully explored, so here are one or two shortcomings.’
    • ‘Of course he had his shortcomings like us all but these were mainly inclined to show up on the home front.’
    • ‘This is a very entertaining book to read, however it suffers from many shortcomings.’
    • ‘Equally damaging, the report has revealed shortcomings in the process of government.’
    • ‘Many of the postings clearly demonstrate the shortcomings of Scottish education.’
    defect, fault, flaw, imperfection, deficiency, limitation, blemish, failing, drawback, weakness, weak point, foible, fallibility, frailty, vice, infirmity
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