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failing

[fey-ling]
noun
  1. an act or instance of failing; failure: His failing is due to general incompetence.
  2. a defect or fault; shortcoming; weakness: His lack of knowledge is a grave failing.
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preposition
  1. in the absence or default of: Failing payment, we shall sue.
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Origin of failing

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at fail, -ing1
Related formsfail·ing·ly, adverbfail·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms

2. See fault.
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British Dictionary definitions for failingly

failing

noun
  1. a weak point; flaw
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preposition
  1. (used to express a condition) in default offailing a solution this afternoon, the problem will have to wait until Monday
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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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