failing

[ fey-ling ]
/ ˈfeɪ lɪŋ /
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noun

an act or instance of failing; failure: His failing is due to general incompetence.
a defect or fault; shortcoming; weakness: His lack of knowledge is a grave failing.

preposition

in the absence or default of: Failing payment, we shall sue.

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Origin of failing

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; see origin at fail, -ing1

synonym study for failing

2. See fault.

OTHER WORDS FROM failing

fail·ing·ly, adverbfail·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for failing

failing
/ (ˈfeɪlɪŋ) /

noun

a weak point; flaw

preposition

(used to express a condition) in default offailing a solution this afternoon, the problem will have to wait until Monday

Derived forms of failing

failingly, adverb
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