the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect: to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.
a self-indulgent liking or special fondness, as for a particular thing: I've always had a weakness for the opera.
an object of special desire; something very difficult to resist: Chocolates were her weakness.
- non·weak·ness, noun
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How to use weakness in a sentence
"Both have their own strengths and weaknesses," Harding wrote.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star | Robert Silverman | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They say your strengths can become your weaknesses, but in my case, perhaps my weaknesses have become my strengths.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’ | Marlow Stern | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What were his weaknesses as a military commander: was it hubris?
The Westerosi political set takes advantage of human weaknesses and failings, hopes and dreams.
“All TV and film adaptations have their strengths and weaknesses,” Waters says.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance | Tim Teeman | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Peter's character we have a remarkable combination of great natural talents and virtues, with peculiar weaknesses.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
But it soon appeared that many who could not help smiling at Burnet's weaknesses did justice to his abilities and virtues.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Our deficiencies, our weaknesses (the sense of them), make us use such care and exertions as to prove advantages to us.
But on the other hand she had few attractive feminine qualities, and no amiable weaknesses.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
A good God would not punish weaknesses which He knows to be inherent in human nature.Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
British Dictionary definitions for weakness
the state or quality of being weak
a deficiency or failing, as in a person's character
a self-indulgent fondness or liking: a weakness for chocolates
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Other Idioms and Phrases with weakness
see have a weakness for.
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