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shortcoming

[ shawrt-kuhm-ing ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌkʌm ɪŋ /
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noun

a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.

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Origin of shortcoming

First recorded in 1670–80; short + coming
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shortcoming
/ (ˈʃɔːtˌkʌmɪŋ) /

noun

a failing, defect, or deficiency
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