American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A deficiency; a flaw.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A falling-off of the usual produce, quantity, or amount, as of a crop.
- n. A failure of performance, as of duty; a coming short; a delinquency.
- n. deficiency
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The failure of a crop, or the like.
- n. Neglect of, or failure in, performance of duty.
- n. a failing or deficiency
“Â The main shortcoming is the art, from a new kid named Giffen, providing an amalgam of Sal Buscema and Al Milgrom that never quite gels overall.”
“Another shortcoming is the shallow, overly facile characters.”
“Another major shortcoming is the lack of emotional depth.”
“Coppola has seldom understood subtlety and restraint in his long career, but that shortcoming is here especially stark in contrast to the felicities of the source material.”
“But down the line, it's only shortcoming is indeed the lack of a physical fingerprint on the work that says "This piece was created in this day and time, by this person -- and is unique.”
“The only shortcoming is Kelly's slightly less-than-believable portrayal at points, as the male author's inevitable challenge is the convincing illustration of a female (especially a maternal figure).”
“But it may be facing some undue flack over its Open XML format, which, despite its shortcoming, is undoubtedly an improvement over its predecessor.”
“Review: Excellent story whose only shortcoming is a slow start.”
“Solomon's foil for Reid's alleged ethical shortcoming is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who "insisted on paying $1,400 for the tickets he shared with Reid for a 2004 championship fight.”
“He describes this as a short-midterm shortcoming, but fails to tell you that short to midterm means 10-20 years!”
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