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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of a person or thing that fails; a failure.
  • n. A minor fault.
  • adj. Undergoing failure: failing health; failing kidneys; a failing business.
  • prep. In the absence of; without: Failing new evidence, the case will surely be lost.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of fail.
  • n. weakness; defect
  • prep. if the preferred or prior option is not possible

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A failing short; a becoming deficient; failure; deficiency; imperfection; weakness; lapse; fault; infirmity.
  • n. The act of becoming insolvent of bankrupt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or condition of one who fails; imperfection; weakness; fault.
  • n. Synonyms Foible, imperfection, shortcoming, weakness, infirmity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. below acceptable in performance
  • n. a flaw or weak point
  • n. failure to reach a minimum required performance

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