Definitions for FAILINGˈfeɪ lɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fail•ing*ˈfeɪ lɪŋ(n.)

  1. an act or instance of failing; failure.

  2. a defect or fault; shortcoming; weakness.

  3. (prep.)in the absence or default of:

    Failing payment, we shall sue.

* Syn: See fault.

Origin of failing:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. failing, weakness(noun)

    a flaw or weak point

    "he was quick to point out his wife's failings"

  2. failing, flunk(adj)

    failure to reach a minimum required performance

    "his failing the course led to his disqualification"; "he got two flunks on his report"

  3. failing(adj)

    below acceptable in performance

    "received failing grades"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. failing(noun)ˈfeɪ lɪŋ

    a weakness or flaw

    her personal failings; the failings of these government programs

  2. failing(preposition)ˈfeɪ lɪŋ

    if that does not happen

    Try calling city hall, or failing that, call the police.


  1. failing(Noun)

    weakness; defect

    His worst failing is his temper.

  2. failing(Preposition)

    if the preferred or prior option is not possible

    A large proportion of the females employed in other firms are said to have signified their intention of going on strike, failing a settlement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Failing

    of Fail

  2. Failing(noun)

    a failing short; a becoming deficient; failure; deficiency; imperfection; weakness; lapse; fault; infirmity; as, a mental failing

  3. Failing(noun)

    the act of becoming insolvent of bankrupt

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FAILING' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4240

Translations for FAILING

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a fault or weakness

He may have his failings, but he has always treated his children well.

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