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failing

[fey-ling] /ˈfeɪ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
an act or instance of failing; failure:
His failing is due to general incompetence.
2.
a defect or fault; shortcoming; weakness:
His lack of knowledge is a grave failing.
preposition
3.
in the absence or default of:
Failing payment, we shall sue.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see fail, -ing1
Related forms
failingly, adverb
failingness, noun
Synonyms
2. See fault.
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British Dictionary definitions for failingly

failing

/ˈfeɪlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a weak point; flaw
preposition
2.
(used to express a condition) in default of: failing a solution this afternoon, the problem will have to wait until Monday
Derived Forms
failingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for failingly

failing

n.

"defect, fault," 1580s, verbal noun from fail (v.).

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