- 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.
- in the absence or default of: Failing payment, we shall sue.
Origin of failing
Synonyms for failing
2. See fault.
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- a weak point; flaw
- (used to express a condition) in default offailing a solution this afternoon, the problem will have to wait until Monday
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"defect, fault," 1580s, verbal noun from fail (v.).
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