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[draw-bak] /ˈdrɔˌbæk/
a hindrance or disadvantage; an undesirable or objectionable feature.
Commerce. an amount paid back from a charge made.
Government. a refund of tariff or other tax, as when imported goods are reexported.
1610-20; noun use of verb phrase draw back Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for drawbacks
  • It has two significant drawbacks, however: it is fragile and overheats.
  • But according to some, there are still a few drawbacks.
  • The only drawbacks seem to be rainy weather and environmental degradation from mining.
  • There is always drawbacks ie cutting down of trees, and forest for redevelopment and what not.
  • Naturally there are some drawbacks to the new system compared to the original plan.
  • But the college did not always take full advantage of its location, which also has its drawbacks.
  • The drawbacks of asynchronous tools are that they are by nature less timely and efficient-they are asynchronous, after all.
  • One of the drawbacks is road grit and car exhaust blowing into your windows.
  • It has its drawbacks, mostly that housing prices are through the roof.
  • Still, a close relationship with one's audience has its drawbacks.
British Dictionary definitions for drawbacks


a disadvantage or hindrance
a refund of customs or excise duty paid on goods that are being exported or used in the production of manufactured exports
verb (intransitive, adverb) often foll by from
to retreat; move backwards
to turn aside from an undertaking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drawbacks
"hindrance, disadvantage,"1720, from draw + back. The notion is of something that "holds back" success or activity.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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