Definition of shortcoming in US English:

shortcoming

noun

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

shortcoming

/ˈʃɔrtˌkəmɪŋ//ˈSHôrtˌkəmiNG/