shortcoming


shortcoming
noun
ADJECTIVE
alleged, perceived
obvious

There were obvious shortcomings in the report.

fundamental, main, major, serious, significant
minor
potential
sb's own, personal
methodological, technical
moral
VERB + SHORTCOMING
have, suffer from
call attention to (esp. AmE), draw attention to (esp. BrE), expose, highlight, identify, point out, reveal
deflect attention from, divert attention from
acknowledge, recognize
be aware of

They are well aware of their own shortcomings.

ignore, overlook

The committee was willing to overlook her shortcomings.

address, compensate for, correct, make good (BrE), make up for, overcome, remedy

Their proposal seeks to remedy the shortcomings of the current system.

SHORTCOMING + VERB
stem from sth

Not all these shortcomings stem from inadequate resources.

PREPOSITION
despite sb/sth's shortcomings, in spite of sb/sth's shortcomings

Despite its obvious shortcomings, the plan was accepted.

shortcoming in

the shortcomings in the law

PHRASES
shortcomings on sb's part (esp. BrE)

They said the accident was due to shortcomings on the part of the pilots.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • shortcoming — index breach, decrement, defect, deficiency, deficit, disadvantage, disqualification (factor that disqualifies), failure ( …   Law dictionary

  • shortcoming — 1670s, from the phrase to come short be inadequate (1570s); see SHORT (Cf. short) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shortcoming — *imperfection, deficiency, fault Analogous words: defect, flaw, *blemish: failing, frailty, foible, *fault Contrasted words: *excellence, merit, virtue, perfection …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shortcoming — [n] weak point bug*, catch*, defect, deficiency, demerit, drawback, failing, fault, flaw, frailty, imperfection, infirmity, lack, lapse, sin, weakness; concepts 411,666,674,679 Ant. advantage, strong point, success …   New thesaurus

  • shortcoming — ► NOUN ▪ a failure to meet a certain standard; a fault or defect …   English terms dictionary

  • shortcoming — [shôrtkum΄iŋ] n. a falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency …   English World dictionary

  • Shortcoming — (Roget s Thesaurus) >motion short of. < N PARAG:Shortcoming >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 shortcoming shortcoming failure Sgm: N 1 falling short falling short &c. >V. Sgm: N 1 default default defalcation Sgm: N 1 leeway leeway …   English dictionary for students

  • shortcoming — /shawrt kum ing/, n. a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy. [1670 80; SHORT + COMING] Syn. fault, flaw, failing, weakness. * * * …   Universalium

  • shortcoming — short|com|ing [ˈʃo:tˌkʌmıŋ US ˈʃo:rt ] n [C usually plural] a fault or weakness that makes someone or something less successful or effective than they should be ▪ Peter was painfully aware of his own shortcomings. shortcoming of ▪ the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English