- a hindrance or disadvantage; an undesirable or objectionable feature.
- Commerce. an amount paid back from a charge made.
- Government. a refund of tariff or other tax, as when imported goods are reexported.
Origin of drawback
First recorded in 1610–20; noun use of verb phrase draw back
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Examples from the Web for drawback
The drawback was that the terrain in front of Bradley made success very costly.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
A drawback in a comedy program, you might say, but one that actually attests to the radical departure the series represented.Why You're Wrong About Monty Python
March 15, 2013
But maybe too much talent would be wasted, or even a drawback or distraction, in calling Bill Gates to mind.Is This Art?
May 18, 2011
Four percent of women who gave birth at age 40 or over cite "the disapproval of others" as a drawback to being an older mom.Carla Bruni, Pregnant at 43?
April 28, 2011
The only drawback is the restroom outside at the restaurant near the skiing facilities.Vail, Colorado: Skier's Paradise
January 15, 2011
The mirror instrument has this drawback, however—it does not 'record' the message.Heroes of the Telegraph
The drawback was that I had not saved it, as Anthony had saved Monny.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The only drawback to the Cobham visits were the "dear, dear boys!"A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The only drawback was that there was nothing in the house for dinner.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Weakness of limb or want of wealth was no drawback in his eyes.
- a disadvantage or hindrance
- a refund of customs or excise duty paid on goods that are being exported or used in the production of manufactured exports
- to retreat; move backwards
- to turn aside from an undertaking
Word Origin and History for drawback
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper