a fault in somebody’s character, a plan, a system, etc. synonym defect She made me aware of my own shortcomings. Despite a number of shortcomings, the project will still go ahead.Extra examples Not all these shortcomings stem from inadequate resources. The committee is willing to overlook your past shortcomings. Their proposal seeks to remedy the shortcomings of the current system. Their proposal seeks to remedy these shortcomings. There were obvious shortcomings in the report. They are well aware of their own shortcomings. They said the accident was due to shortcomings on the part of the pilots. The Supreme Court attempted to remedy this shortcoming in the law. The report highlights the shortcomings of the prison service. The three studies suffer from several shortcomings. What are the real shortcomings in the inspection procedure?