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.
- fail·ing·ly, adverb
- fail·ing·ness, noun
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How to use failing in a sentence
Thus, more time is spent organization and obtaining ones free of failings.
It was hard not to take it as a sign, a personal comment on my own Jewish dating failings.
After such an indictment, you would expect the department to do all it could to remedy such failings.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim | Michael Daly | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their collective failings come down to message discipline, candidate selection, and voter targeting.
The Westerosi political set takes advantage of human weaknesses and failings, hopes and dreams.
Neither mother nor daughter ever uttered one word to each other in reference to the failings of the husband and father.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Two persons will not be friends long if they are not inclined to pardon each others little failings.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
It hurt him to see all the little faults and failings of this divinity brought out by closer proximity.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
He had, however, some serious failings which brought trouble both on his people and himself.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
Like every hero the world has ever seen, he had his defects and failings, for it is given to no man to be perfect.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh | George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for failing
a weak point; flaw
(used to express a condition) in default of: failing a solution this afternoon, the problem will have to wait until Monday
- failingly, adverb
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