What is the meaning of failure?


  • An act that fails.
    • usage: "his failure to pass the test"
  • An event that does not accomplish its intended purpose.
    • usage: "the surprise party was a complete failure"
  • Lack of success.
    • usage: "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
  • A person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently.
  • An unexpected omission.
    • usage: "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
  • Inability to discharge all your debts as they come due.
    • usage: "the company had to declare bankruptcy"; "fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
  • Loss of ability to function normally.
    • usage: "kidney failure"
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APAWordNet. (2010). failure. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/failure/definitions/1188833
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "failure" http://smartdefine.org/failure/definitions/1188833 (accessed September 19, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, failure, Smart Define, viewed 19 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/failure/definitions/1188833>.
MLAWordNet. "failure" 23 October 2010. Web. 19 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/failure/definitions/1188833>
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