What does weakness mean?

Definitions for weakness
ˈwik nɪsweak·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. failing, weaknessnoun

    a flaw or weak point

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

  2. helplessness, weakness, impuissancenoun

    powerlessness revealed by an inability to act

    "in spite of their weakness the group remains active"

  3. weaknessnoun

    the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain

    "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"

  4. weaknessnoun

    the condition of being financially weak

    "the weakness of the dollar against the yen"

  5. weaknessnoun

    a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you

    "he has a weakness for chocolate"


  1. weaknessnoun

    The condition of being weak.

    In a small number of horses, muscle weakness may progress to paralysis.

  2. weaknessnoun

    An inadequate quality; fault

    His inability to speak in front of an audience was his weakness.

  3. weaknessnoun

    A special fondness or desire.

    She is an athlete who has a weakness for chocolate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Weaknessnoun

    Etymology: from weak

    Troy in our weakness lives, not in her strength. William Shakespeare.

    Of human weakness rather than of strength. John Milton.

    The General’s force, as kept alive by fight,
    Now, not oppos’d, no longer can pursue:
    Lasting till heav’n had done his courage right,
    When he had conquer’d, he his weakness knew. Dryden.

    New graces yearly like thy works display,
    Soft without weakness, without glaring gay. Alexander Pope.

    By such a review we shall discern and strengthen our weaknesses with good resolution, and so order our future conversation as may render us least exposed to falling. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Persons in those posts derive a weakness of constitution from the ease and luxury of their ancestors, and the delicacy of their own education. William Temple.

    She seems to be conscious of the weakness of those testimonies. John Tillotson.

    Weakness is thy excuse,
    And I believe it; weakness to resist
    Philistian gold: if weakness may excuse,
    What murderer, what traitor, parricide,
    Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it?
    All wickedness is weakness. John Milton.

    If you will work on any man, you must know his nature, and so lead him; or his weaknesses and disadvantages, and so awe him. Francis Bacon.

    Many find a pleasure in contradicting the common reports of fame, and in spreading abroad the weaknesses of an exalted character. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. Weakness

    Weakness is a symptom of a number of different conditions. The causes are many and can be divided into conditions that have true or perceived muscle weakness. True muscle weakness is a primary symptom of a variety of skeletal muscle diseases, including muscular dystrophy and inflammatory myopathy. It occurs in neuromuscular junction disorders, such as myasthenia gravis.


  1. weakness

    Weakness is a state or condition of lacking strength, power, or capability, either physically or mentally. It can also refer to a character flaw, a point of vulnerability, or a limitation of ability. It may also denote a lack of resolve, determination, or resistance, or susceptibility to temptation or persuasion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weaknessnoun

    the quality or state of being weak; want of strength or firmness; lack of vigor; want of resolution or of moral strength; feebleness

  2. Weaknessnoun

    that which is a mark of lack of strength or resolution; a fault; a defect


  1. Weakness

    Weakness is an EP by Extinction of Mankind, released as a 7" in 1994. The cover was a fold-out poster with lyrics and artworks, 3000 were pressed with poster sleeve and 310 red. Still available via Skuld Releases.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weakness' in Nouns Frequency: #1480

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weakness in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weakness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of weakness in a Sentence

  1. Volodymyr Zelensky:

    One of the key tasks of the enemy is to humiliate us, Ukrainians, to devalue our capabilities, our heroes, to spread despair, fear, to spread conflicts... Therefore, it is important never, for a single moment, to give in to this enemy pressure, not to wind oneself up, not to show weakness.

  2. Blerina Uruci:

    We would interpret the June weakness as payback after housing activity made a strong start to 2015 and expect the housing market to remain in recovery mode.

  3. Lorne Baring:

    The BOJ is running out of monetary policy firepower, so it was not a surprise to see that there is no change to the policy this week, also, China's industrial output figures at the weekend showed contraction yet again and underscore the weakness in demand from the world's second largest economy. There is still a soft demand coupled with an excess supply story in the commodities spectrum.

  4. Eli Lustgarten:

    If conditions stay soft, more cuts will be made. Much of the decline in mining, commodities, coal and energy have more than just cyclical weakness and the firm needs to right-size operations to the likely' new normal,'.

  5. Nancy Writebol:

    It's your worst nightmare, there's vomiting. There's diarrhea. There's weakness... There's fever. There's a rash.

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