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drawback

[draw-bak] /ˈdrɔˌbæk/
noun
1.
a hindrance or disadvantage; an undesirable or objectionable feature.
2.
Commerce. an amount paid back from a charge made.
3.
Government. a refund of tariff or other tax, as when imported goods are reexported.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; noun use of verb phrase draw back
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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

drawback

/ˈdrɔːˌbæk/
noun
1.
a disadvantage or hindrance
2.
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
3.
to retreat; move backwards
4.
to turn aside from an undertaking
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Word Origin and History for drawbacks
drawback
"hindrance, disadvantage,"1720, from draw + back. The notion is of something that "holds back" success or activity.
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