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Meaning of “weakness” in the English Dictionary

"weakness" in British English

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weaknessnoun

uk   us   /ˈwiːk.nəs/
B2 [U] the ​fact or ​state of not being ​strong or ​powerful: Any ​change of ​policy will be ​interpreted as a ​sign of weakness.B2 [C] a ​particularpart or ​quality of someone or something that is not good or ​effective: There are ​definite weaknesses in ​theirsecurityarrangements. His ​main weakness as a ​manager is his ​inability to ​delegate. The ​laternovels show none of the weaknesses of his ​earlierwork.weakness for C2 a ​strongliking, usually for something that might have ​unpleasant or ​unwantedeffects: My ​diet would be ​fine if only I didn't have a weakness for ​cookies.

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(Definition of weakness from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"weakness" in American English

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weaknessnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈwik·nəs/
lack of ​strength or ​energy: [U] The building’s ​collapse was caused by weakness in several ​beams. Weakness is also a ​fault in someone’s ​character: [U] Is ​crying always a ​sign of weakness? A weakness is also a ​strongliking for something: [C] She ​admitted to a weakness for ​desserts.
(Definition of weakness from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"weakness" in Business English

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weaknessnoun

uk   us   /ˈwiːknəs/
[U] a ​situation in which someone or something is at a ​lowlevel or is not ​strong or ​successful: weakness against sth The dollar's weakness against the ​Euro has made ​Europeangoods more ​expensive here. weakness in sth Weakness in the ​economy is ​accelerating. She is ​concerned by the weakness of Europe's ​singlecurrency.
[C] a particular ​part or ​quality of someone or something that is not good or ​effective: A ​smartmanagementteam knows its company's strengths and weaknesses. There are definite weaknesses in their ​securityarrangements. His ​main weakness is his inability to ​delegate.
(Definition of weakness from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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