weakness


weakness
noun
1 lack of strength
ADJECTIVE
big, fundamental, great, major, profound, serious, significant
glaring

The team doesn't have any glaring weaknesses.

fatal

a fatal weakness in his theory

primary
small
physical
structural
methodological

the primary methodological weakness of this study

personal
muscle, muscular
economic, political
apparent, perceived

The criminals exploit apparent weaknesses in the system.

obvious

She didn't seem to have any obvious weaknesses.

inherent, intrinsic
institutional
underlying

the underlying weakness of the coalition's position

possible, potential

Make companies aware of potential weaknesses so they know what steps to take.

relative

a position of relative weakness

human
moral

humanity's moral weakness and capacity for evil

VERB + WEAKNESS
have, suffer from
cause, create
exploit
assess, identify
address

The management had to address specific weaknesses in training.

demonstrate, expose, highlight, point out, point to, reveal, show
acknowledge, admit, recognize

business leaders who refuse to admit their weaknesses

hide
know

They know their strengths and weaknesses.

minimize, overcome
WEAKNESS + VERB
be, lie

The greatest weakness of the plan lies in its lack of government support.

PREPOSITION
weakness in

Service conditions soon revealed the inherent weaknesses in the vehicle's design.

PHRASES
a moment of weakness

In a moment of weakness I let him drive my car.

a sign of weakness

He saw compromise as a sign of weakness.

strengths and weaknesses

The appraisal system seeks to assess employees' strengths and weaknesses.

2 liking for sth/sb
ADJECTIVE
real
VERB + WEAKNESS
have

I have a real weakness for chocolate.

develop
overcome
PREPOSITION
weakness for

He can't overcome his weakness for fatty foods.


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