failure

[ feyl-yer ]
/ ˈfeɪl yər /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for failure

failure

/ (ˈfeɪljə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for failure

failure


n.

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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Medicine definitions for failure

failure

[ fālyər ]

n.

The inability to function or perform satisfactorily.
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