- a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.
Origin of shortcoming
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Examples from the Web for shortcomings
He adds that some people who have taught him the most have shortcomings of their own.Is Al Sharpton Running New York City Hall From the White House?
November 7, 2014
Still, she acknowledges the pitfalls and shortcomings of the tests, including their low efficacy.Are We Addicted to Drug Testing?
May 27, 2014
He actively blamed and condemned women—not just individually, but as a categorical whole—for his shortcomings.Let’s Get Real: Santa Barbara Was a Terrorist Act
May 26, 2014
To hear Thomas similarly rebuke Girls would feel like a personal criticism on my own shortcomings.Marlo Thomas Says Girls Should Feel Free to Be Like Hannah Horvath
April 24, 2014
The administration is aware of its shortcomings on green jobs creation.‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate
March 24, 2014
Were they his rivals, he found the perfect word for their merits and shortcomings.The Man Shakespeare
It is easy for persons with plenty of money to moralize on the shortcomings of others.A Woman Intervenes
But somebody had to do the cooking, and whatever else his shortcomings, Beauty Smith could cook.White Fang
I would rather exaggerate than minimize my own shortcomings to you to-night.A Spirit in Prison
Her comparisons made her burn with shame at her own shortcomings.A Singer from the Sea
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- a failing, defect, or deficiency
Word Origin and History for shortcomings
1670s, from the phrase to come short "be inadequate" (1570s); see short (adj.). Related: Shortcomings.