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failure

[feyl-yer] /ˈfeɪl yər/
noun
1.
an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success:
His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.
2.
nonperformance of something due, required, or expected:
a failure to do what one has promised; a failure to appear.
3.
a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency:
the failure of crops.
4.
deterioration or decay, especially of vigor, strength, etc.:
The failure of her health made retirement necessary.
5.
a condition of being bankrupt by reason of insolvency.
6.
a becoming insolvent or bankrupt:
the failure of a bank.
7.
a person or thing that proves unsuccessful:
He is a failure in his career. The cake is a failure.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; fail + -ure; replacing failer a (de)fault < Anglo-French (noun use of infinitive), for Old French faillir
Related forms
nonfailure, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for failures

failure

/ˈfeɪljə/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of failing
2.
a person or thing that is unsuccessful or disappointing: the evening was a failure
3.
nonperformance of something required or expected: failure to attend will be punished
4.
cessation of normal operation; breakdown: a power failure
5.
an insufficiency or shortage: a crop failure
6.
a decline or loss, as in health or strength
7.
the fact of not reaching the required standard in an examination, test, course, etc
8.
the act or process of becoming bankrupt or the state of being bankrupt
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Word Origin and History for failures

failure

n.

1640s, failer, from Anglo-French failer, from Old French falir (see fail (v.)). The verb in Anglo-French used as a noun; ending altered 17c. to conform with words in -ure.

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failures in Medicine

failure fail·ure (fāl'yər)
n.
The inability to function or perform satisfactorily.

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