a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.

1670–80; short + coming

fault, flaw, failing, weakness. Unabridged
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shortcoming (ˈʃɔːtˌkʌmɪŋ)
a failing, defect, or deficiency

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Word Origin & History

1680, from the phrase to come short "be inadequate" (1579); see short (adj.).
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Example sentences
The shortcoming is not with our brains, its with our languages.
The shortcoming is the language which is only the form of verbalization of
The problem is not the shortcoming of the law itself, but rather the reluctance
  of the agents of the law to apply it.
The book's main shortcoming, however, is in what it overlooks.
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