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  1. the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.

  2. an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect: to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.

  1. a self-indulgent liking or special fondness, as for a particular thing: I've always had a weakness for the opera.

  2. an object of special desire; something very difficult to resist: Chocolates were her weakness.

Origin of weakness

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English waikenes, weikenes. See weak, -ness

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2. See fault.

Other words for weakness

Opposites for weakness

Other words from weakness

  • non·weak·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for weakness


/ (ˈwiːknɪs) /

  1. the state or quality of being weak

  2. a deficiency or failing, as in a person's character

  1. a self-indulgent fondness or liking: a weakness for chocolates

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