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.

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. Doug Ducey:

    The failed exit from Afghanistan, the surging inflation that’s a hidden tax on everyone in this country, the highest cost of everyday living that we’ve seen in 40 years, the crisis at the border that’s not only affecting Arizona but every state with fentanyl spilling in, and now this muddled policy in Ukraine, we’ve never projected more weakness on the global stage, and there’s no real sense to his economic policy.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    Weakness of attitude become weakness of character.

  3. William Jacobson:

    For four years there was a non-stop mainstream liberal media claim that Trump's supposed weakness towards Vladimir Putin meant that Putin 'had something' on Trump and that Trump was compromised, there never was any evidence for that, but it was a persistent media narrative.

  4. Manik Narain:

    There are still outstanding loans in euros and Swiss francs in Hungary and Poland. The bottom line is the corporate sector is still indebted and weakness in the forint feeds on itself, affects the corporate debt problem and inflates government debt ratios.

  5. Pete Seat:

    Politicians have survived plenty of unfortunate statements and events, but Trump is turning his greatest asset into a weakness. Flippant comments eventually catch up with you.

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. commensal
    • B. tenebrous
    • C. tantamount
    • D. usurious

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