failing vs weakness what difference

what is difference between failing and weakness

English

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪlɪŋ

Verb

failing

  1. present participle of fail

Noun

failing (plural failings)

  1. weakness; defect
    His worst failing is his temper.

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Preposition

failing

  1. if the preferred or prior option is not possible
    A large proportion of the females employed in other firms are said to have signified their intention of going on strike, failing a settlement.

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English

Alternative forms

  • weakenes (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English weykenesse; equivalent to weak +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈwiːk.nəs/

Noun

weakness (countable and uncountable, plural weaknesses)

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being weak.
  2. (countable) An inadequate quality; fault
  3. (countable) A special fondness or desire.

Synonyms

  • (condition of being weak): frailty, powerlessness, vincibility, vulnerability
  • (fault): fault, defect, flaw, hole

Antonyms

  • (condition of being weak): strength, durability, invincibility, powerfulness
  • (fault): strength, forte

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Further reading

  • weakness in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • weakness in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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