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
If you don't own the shortcomings you can't take credit for the successes.
He was a boastful lout and a petty thief, who was a great source of pride to
  his father, despite his many shortcomings.
Writer tells of the shortcomings of the realistic stories with which many
  parents have replaced fairy tales.
Whatever were his shortcomings, his industry was prodigious.
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