Definition of drawback in English:



  • 1A feature that renders something less acceptable; a disadvantage or problem.

    ‘the main drawback of fitting catalytic converters is the cost’
    • ‘The main difficulties and drawbacks to these methods are the quality of the obtained parts.’
    • ‘It's sorta obvious what's going to happen from there and that's the main drawback for the film.’
    • ‘However, bureaucracy and difficult customers were among the drawbacks of the job.’
    • ‘The main drawback is that it requires some investment, which only larger companies can afford.’
    • ‘The main drawback of steam power was its poor power to weight ratio, which limited its applications.’
    • ‘The main drawback of a global fitting strategy is the time needed to reach convergence.’
    • ‘The difficulty in getting around Dublin is one of the main drawbacks of living in this city.’
    • ‘While many of the objectives in these codes are positive, their main drawback is that they are voluntary.’
    • ‘This and other drawbacks appear to render deep self burial impractical.’
    • ‘Conference time by the seaside still has immense drawbacks.’
    • ‘The main drawback of the technology is that the batteries are bulky and only last a few hours.’
    • ‘Before registering, the parliaments had the power to send the king remonstrances pointing out flaws or drawbacks in the new laws.’
    • ‘The Mother too, greatly stressed the drawbacks and shortcomings of today's education system.’
    • ‘The main drawback of the novel, however, is that it seems in places contrived.’
    • ‘Its main drawback is that it is based on the unrealistic and simplistic assumptions of two countries producing only two goods.’
    • ‘The main drawbacks are the lack of a two player mode and no opponent cars to race against.’
    • ‘Both have good color rendering, but have drawbacks when they're used outdoors.’
    • ‘This is one of the main drawbacks of having a business carried on by a company.’
    • ‘It's easy to get carried away with technology, and obviously there are limitations and drawbacks to a network.’
    • ‘As good an Idea as this is for their benefit, there are many drawbacks and limitations due to the current track arrangement.’
    disadvantage, snag, downside, stumbling block, catch, hitch, pitfall, fly in the ointment
    weak point, weak spot, 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
    minus, hiccup
    spanner in the works
    monkey wrench in the works
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  • 2An amount of excise or import duty remitted on imported goods that the importer re-exports rather than sells domestically.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the trade front, subsidies and duty drawbacks on inputs for exported goods were frequently used to promote exports.’
    • ‘At the same time, the market expectation is that there is not likely to be any big relief on taxes and duty drawbacks.’