Origin of failure

1635–45; fail + -ure; replacing failer a (de)fault < Anglo-French (noun use of infinitive), for Old French faillir
Related formsnon·fail·ure, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the act or an instance of failing
a person or thing that is unsuccessful or disappointingthe evening was a failure
nonperformance of something required or expectedfailure to attend will be punished
cessation of normal operation; breakdowna power failure
an insufficiency or shortagea crop failure
a decline or loss, as in health or strength
the fact of not reaching the required standard in an examination, test, course, etc
the act or process of becoming bankrupt or the state of being bankrupt
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Word Origin and History for failure

1640s, failer, from Anglo-French failer, from Old French falir (see fail (v.)). The verb in Anglo-French used as a noun; ending altered 17c. to conform with words in -ure.

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failure in Medicine




The inability to function or perform satisfactorily.
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