Definition of weakness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwiːknəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːknəs//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] lack of strength, power or determination The sudden weakness in her legs made her stumble. the weakness of the dollar against the pound He thought that crying was a sign of weakness. opposite strength
  2. 2  [countable] a weak point in a system, somebody’s character, etc. It's important to know your own strengths and weaknesses. Can you spot the weakness in her argument? opposite strength
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] weakness (for something/somebody) difficulty in resisting something/somebody that you like very much He has a weakness for chocolate.
  4. Extra examples He saw compromise as a sign of weakness. He worries a lot about his weight, but can’t overcome his weakness for fatty foods. I have a real weakness for chocolate. In a moment of weakness I let him drive my car. Make companies aware of potential weaknesses so they know what steps to take. Service conditions soon revealed the inherent weaknesses in the vehicle’s design. She didn’t seem to have any obvious weaknesses. The appraisal system seeks to assess employees’ strengths and weaknesses. The criminals exploit apparent weaknesses in the system. The greatest weakness of the plan lies in its lack of government support. The management had to address specific weaknesses in training. The team doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. They know their strengths and weaknesses. a fatal weakness in his theory a position of relative weakness business leaders who refuse to admit their weaknesses humanity’s moral weakness and capacity for evil the primary methodological weakness of this study the underlying weakness of the coalition’s position Can you spot the weakness in that argument? Certain structural weaknesses have to be overcome before the economy can recover. He regarded asking for help as a sign of weakness. She admits that her love of luxury is one of her greatest weaknesses. The fundamental weakness of the organization is its lack of effective communication. There are a number of weaknesses in this approach. Try to consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of your work. We all have our weaknesses. We are all subject to some form of human weakness. You need to be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. Young recruits were urged to overcome their own innate weaknesses.
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