a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.
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How to use shortcoming in a sentence
The shortcomings of centrally planned economies are well documented, and governments are usually not very good at innovation.America’s technological leadership is at stake in this election | Gideon Lichfield | October 29, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
These advancements also speak to the shortcomings of search engines in their current state, as well as the direction that Google is taking in order to address them.What passage indexing and natural language processing mean for the future of SEO | George Nguyen | October 27, 2020 | Search Engine Land
For another acute dissection of the report’s shortcomings, I recommend this thread by Alex Stapp, director of technology policy at the Progressive Policy Institute, a Democratic think tank that, in spite of its name, leans centrist.
The novelty of an always-on digital assistant that users could beckon with their voice was enough to offset the audio shortcomings inherent to small speakers with sound fields that spread out in every direction.Google’s Nest Audio sounds remarkably good for a $99 smart speaker | Stan Horaczek | October 6, 2020 | Popular-Science
Since the straps are made of cotton, they are not as simple to clean as other extenders, but they make up for this shortcoming in the comfort department.
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? | Michael Daly | November 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wall Street Journal: “Begley has a great many strengths—concision, eloquence, an eagle eye—and few of the usual shortcomings.”
Still, she acknowledges the pitfalls and shortcomings of the tests, including their low efficacy.
He actively blamed and condemned women—not just individually, but as a categorical whole—for his shortcomings.
For years, it was her dream to create an illustrated “magnum opus” that addressed shortcomings in American sex education.‘Oh Joy Sex Toy’: The Internet’s Most Radical Sex-Fueled Comic Strip | Rich Goldstein | May 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But I like that kind of work—studying people, their individualities, their shortcomings, their accomplishments.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
Once so serenely convinced of her superiority, Leam was now as suspicious of her shortcomings, and was soon abashed.
It formed no part of her plan to be drawn into a discussion respecting the defects and shortcomings of Algernon's wife.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
I thank you many times for the picture, which is a monstrous good picture, whatever its shortcomings as a portrait may be.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
I know my own shortcomings quite well, and I shall be too glad to learn—especially if you are kind enough to teach me.Columba | Prosper Merimee
British Dictionary definitions for shortcoming
a failing, defect, or deficiency
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