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WEAKNESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does weakness mean? 

WEAKNESS (noun)
  The noun WEAKNESS has 5 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: WEAKNESS used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


WEAKNESS (noun)


Sense 1weakness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flaw or weak point

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

failing; weakness

Context example:

he was quick to point out his wife's failings

Hypernyms ("weakness" is a kind of...):

imperfection; imperfectness (the state or an instance of being imperfect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "weakness"):

inadequacy; insufficiency (a lack of competence)

fatigue (used of materials (especially metals) in a weakened state caused by long stress)

flaw (defect or weakness in a person's character)


Sense 2weakness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Powerlessness revealed by an inability to act

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

helplessness; impuissance; weakness

Context example:

in spite of their weakness the group remains highly active

Hypernyms ("weakness" is a kind of...):

impotence; impotency; powerlessness (the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble)


Sense 3weakness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context examples:

his weakness increased as he became older / the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed

Hypernyms ("weakness" is a kind of...):

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "weakness"):

littleness; smallness (the property of having relatively little strength or vigor)

vulnerability (susceptibility to injury or attack)

soft spot; weak part; weak spot (a place of especial vulnerability)

inanition; lassitude; lethargy; slackness (weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy)

fatigability (susceptibility to fatigue; a tendency to get tired or lose strength)

enervation (lack of vitality)

attenuation (the property of something that has been weakened or reduced in thickness or density)

insubstantiality (lack of solid substance and strength)

delicacy; fragility (lack of physical strength)

flimsiness; shoddiness (the property of weakness by virtue of careless construction)

faintness (the property of being without strength)

feebleness; tenuity (the quality of lacking intensity or substance)

adynamia (lack of strength or vigor (especially from illness))

Antonym:

strength (the property of being physically or mentally strong)


Sense 4weakness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The condition of being financially weak

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

the weakness of the dollar against the yen

Hypernyms ("weakness" is a kind of...):

bad luck; ill luck; misfortune; tough luck (an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes)

Antonym:

strength (the condition of financial success)


Sense 5weakness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A penchant for something even though it might not be good for you

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context example:

he has a weakness for chocolate

Hypernyms ("weakness" is a kind of...):

penchant; predilection; preference; taste (a strong liking)


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