failing

[fey-ling]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. fail,
  2. fail-safe,
  3. fail-soft,
  4. failed,
  5. failed state,
  6. failingly,
  7. faille,
  8. failsafe,
  9. failure,
  10. fain

Origin of failing

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at fail, -ing1

SYNONYMS FOR failing
2. See fault.

Related formsfail·ing·ly, adverbfail·ing·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for failingly

failing

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 Formsfailingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for failingly

failing

n.

"defect, fault," 1580s, verbal noun from fail (v.).

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