Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition or quality of being weak.
  • noun A personal defect or failing.
  • noun A special fondness or inclination.
  • noun Something of which one is excessively fond or desirous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being weak, in any sense; also, a weak point.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being weak; want of strength or firmness; lack of vigor; want of resolution or of moral strength; feebleness.
  • noun That which is a mark of lack of strength or resolution; a fault; a defect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The condition of being weak.
  • noun countable An inadequate quality; fault
  • noun countable A special fondness or desire.

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

  • noun a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you
  • noun the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain
  • noun powerlessness revealed by an inability to act
  • noun the condition of being financially weak
  • noun a flaw or weak point

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

weak +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Sen. Clinton's main weakness is her high negatives.

    McClellan hints at supporting Obama

  • But, I think, you're dead right, Democrats don't like the term weakness but Barack Obama has needs and the fact that he has needs coming into his convention and what should be, by fundamentals, an overwhelmingly Democratic year, has many of the people who will be here in this hall, more than a little anxious.

    CNN Transcript Aug 23, 2008

  • For my characters Mithro and Caesar, their weakness is the limitations of their powers.

    Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels and comic books » Creating Weaknesses for Your Superheroes

  • The Swiss National Bank said it would work closely with the banking regulator to improve what it described as weakness in the Swiss banking sector.

    Swiss Central Bank Backs Tighter Rules

  • The Swiss National Bank said Thursday that it would work closely with the banking regulator to improve what it described as weakness in the Swiss banking sector.

    Swiss Regulators Seek

  • Underlying this weakness is the American insistence on rejecting significant international participation and on making the tribunal a national court — here, in a place that is not really a nation, decimated by decades of repression and war.

    The Accuser

  • But, a weakness is a weakness, and I've already put in my order and spent the requisite amount that will get me free delivery.

    Archive 2005-04-01

  • Underlying this weakness is the American insistence on rejecting significant international participation and on making the tribunal a national court — here, in a place that is not really a nation, decimated by decades of repression and war.

    The Accuser

  • The United States is blessed with a very vital and dynamic labor market, but our weakness -- and it's a long-term weakness, this isn't a sudden weakness -- our weakness has been our failure to invest well and systematically in our people -- their skills, their capacities to innovate and their ability to work together constructively.

    Press Briefing On By Richard Riley And Robert Reich

  • If there is what you call weakness, wouldn't the army be good for it?

    Dangerous Days

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