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Definition 1: failure to reach a minimum required performance - [noun denoting act]

Samples where failing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his failing the course led to his disqualification
  • he got two flunks on his report

Synonyms for failing in the sense of this definition

(failing is a kind of ...) an act that fails

"his failure to pass the test"

Definition 2: a flaw or weak point - [noun denoting state]

Samples where failing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was quick to point out his wife's failings

Synonyms for failing in the sense of this definition

(failing is a kind of ...) the state or an instance of being imperfect

(... is a kind of failing ) a lack of competence

"pointed out the insufficiencies in my report" "juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents"

(... is a kind of failing ) used of materials (especially metals) in a weakened state caused by long stress

"metal fatigue"

(... is a kind of failing ) defect or weakness in a person's character

"he had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless"

Definition 3: below acceptable in performance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where failing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • received failing grades

(failing is similar to ...) not giving satisfaction

"shops should take back unsatisfactory goods" "her performance proved to be unsatisfactory" "life is becoming increasingly unsatifactory" "our discussion was very unsatisfactory"

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