Definition of weakness in English:

weakness

noun

  • 1mass noun The state or condition of being weak.

    ‘the country's weakness in international dealings’
    • ‘He knows our human condition, our weakness and frailty, even better than we do.’
    • ‘Such conditions can lead to dizziness, weakness, lethargy and confusion.’
    • ‘My life had dissolved into illness, weakness, pain and exhaustion.’
    • ‘The nerve condition is characterized by weakness and quick fatigue of facial muscles.’
    • ‘Other symptoms include general weakness, a weak cry and various neurological disorders.’
    • ‘Critics will no doubt mock the idea, asserting perhaps that it is a sign of weakness or even desperation.’
    • ‘This resulted in several long-range attacks which spotted defensive weakness and exploited it.’
    • ‘Hecate's words faltered and she trembled with weakness and exhaustion.’
    • ‘Yet it undertakes this task in conditions of profound economic weakness.’
    • ‘The problem, which results in instant weakness, first struck him last season.’
    • ‘Myasthenia gravis is a chronic, autoimmune disorder which results in progressive skeletal muscle weakness.’
    • ‘A prolonged admission is likely to result in profound weakness and physical disability.’
    • ‘This is the same bacterial nerve toxin that causes botulism, an illness which causes muscle weakness or paralysis.’
    • ‘Lastly there may be a stage of exhaustion, tiredness and weakness.’
    • ‘The result is muscle weakness that is especially pronounced in the face, arms, and legs.’
    • ‘Conversely, deprivation produces feelings of inferiority, weakness and helplessness.’
    • ‘These conditions continue to be seen as a sign of weakness rather than illness.’
    • ‘That is to say it did not stem from any inherent infirmity or weakness or deficiency.’
    • ‘It has been run by two-party or three-party coalitions, with all the instability and weakness that brings.’
    • ‘The country's economic weakness resulted in a weakening of its military capability.’
    frailty, feebleness, enfeeblement, puniness, fragility, delicateness, delicacy, weakliness
    spinelessness, timidity, cravenness, cowardliness, pusillanimity, timorousness, indecisiveness, indecision, irresolution, ineffectuality, uselessness, ineptness, ineptitude, effeteness, meekness, tameness, powerlessness, ineffectiveness, impotence, faint-heartedness
    inadequacy, defectiveness, faultiness, deficiency, imperfection
    unconvincingness, untenability, tenuousness, implausibility, unsatisfactoriness, slightness, poverty, inadequacy, thinness, transparency
    indistinctness, muffledness, mutedness, faintness, lowness, low intensity
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  • 2A disadvantage or fault.

    ‘you must recognize your product's strengths and weaknesses’
    • ‘Much like each of us, candidates for the Presidency have their own strengths and weaknesses.’
    • ‘Who is your competition, and what are their strengths or weaknesses?’
    • ‘American efforts to address these issues reveal both the strengths and weaknesses of our society.’
    • ‘You need to make sure that the system responds adequately to any faults and weaknesses that have been reported.’
    • ‘So we all bring to the table a variety of experiences, strengths and weaknesses.’
    • ‘It will identify the financial strengths and weaknesses of your system.’
    • ‘You are the same person with the same weaknesses and the same strengths.’
    • ‘We know each other's faults and weaknesses and complement each other.’
    • ‘The more they sang, the more apparent their individual strengths and weaknesses became.’
    • ‘You know, we all have our strengths and our weaknesses, our faults and our abilities.’
    • ‘There are actually numerous ways to intercept packets in Windows, each with their own disadvantages and weaknesses.’
    • ‘Then, as life goes on, you learn to understand and accept that person's faults and weaknesses.’
    • ‘So, what are Clark's strengths and weaknesses, and how can she win back voters?’
    • ‘Its lack of formality was now depicted as a weakness, not a strength.’
    • ‘It now has more strengths than weaknesses and ‘has come a long way’ since 1998.’
    • ‘In the report the school was praised for its success in addressing weaknesses highlighted in the last report.’
    • ‘His other key weakness is his inability to detach himself from his players and put them under pressure.’
    • ‘The objective of the event is to explore the strengths and weaknesses of franchising as a source of new business opportunities.’
    • ‘The commission is visiting all the candidates before writing a report on their strengths and weaknesses.’
    • ‘In short, Scotland's economic strengths outweigh its weaknesses.’
    • ‘This will identify the strengths and weaknesses of the business and will guide decisions on the best way forward.’
    fault, flaw, defect, deficiency, weak point, weak spot, failing, foible, shortcoming, imperfection, blemish, achilles heel, chink in one's armour
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  • 3A person or thing that one is unable to resist or likes excessively.

    ‘you're his one weakness—he should never have met you’
    • ‘Puppies are my one weakness. I love puppies!’
    • ‘I’m normally not much of a collector but books are a weakness of mine.’
    • ‘French fries are a weakness of mine and I have a hard time saying no to any offering of crisp, golden potato sticks.’
    1. 3.1weakness for A self-indulgent liking for.
      ‘his weakness for prawn cocktails’
      • ‘I've always had a weakness for the company of good-looking men.’
      • ‘I invest quite a lot of money for my children, but I also have a definite weakness for shoes - I can't resist them.’
      fondness, liking, love, passion, partiality, preference, penchant, soft spot, bent, predisposition, predilection, leaning, inclination, proneness, proclivity, disposition, taste, eye
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Pronunciation

weakness

/ˈwiːknəs/