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fail·ing

failing

 
pronunciation:
feI lIng
parts of speech:
noun, preposition
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a weakness or shortcoming in a person or thing.
His failing, in my opinion, was his inability to listen to the advice of others.Lack of foresight was one of the company's failings.I may have many failings, but deceitfulness is not one of them.
antonyms:
merit, strength, virtue
similar words:
defect, fault, foible, infirmity, limitation, shortcoming, vice, weakness
definition 2: an act that fails.
After numerous failings, she finally found a publisher for her book.
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part of speech: preposition
definition: in the absence of, in the non-occurrence of.
Failing further instructions from headquarters, the captain gave the order to retreat.The plan is for an outdoor wedding, but, failing that, the wedding will take place in the house.
derivation: failingly (adv.)