Definition of weakness in English:



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

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

    ‘you must recognize your product's strengths and weaknesses’
    • ‘You are the same person with the same weaknesses and the same strengths.’
    • ‘In the report the school was praised for its success in addressing weaknesses highlighted in the last report.’
    • ‘American efforts to address these issues reveal both the strengths and weaknesses of our society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His other key weakness is his inability to detach himself from his players and put them under pressure.’
    • ‘So, what are Clark's strengths and weaknesses, and how can she win back voters?’
    • ‘It will identify the financial strengths and weaknesses of your system.’
    • ‘The objective of the event is to explore the strengths and weaknesses of franchising as a source of new business opportunities.’
    • ‘Much like each of us, candidates for the Presidency have their own strengths and weaknesses.’
    • ‘The commission is visiting all the candidates before writing a report on their strengths and weaknesses.’
    • ‘It now has more strengths than weaknesses and ‘has come a long way’ since 1998.’
    • ‘We know each other's faults and weaknesses and complement each other.’
    • ‘So we all bring to the table a variety of experiences, strengths and weaknesses.’
    • ‘You know, we all have our strengths and our weaknesses, our faults and our abilities.’
    • ‘Its lack of formality was now depicted as a weakness, not a strength.’
    • ‘In short, Scotland's economic strengths outweigh its weaknesses.’
    • ‘Who is your competition, and what are their strengths or weaknesses?’
    • ‘You need to make sure that the system responds adequately to any faults and weaknesses that have been reported.’
    • ‘The more they sang, the more apparent their individual strengths and weaknesses became.’
    • ‘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. 3.1A 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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