Definitions of failure

  1. an unexpected omission; " he resented my failure to return his call"; " the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
  2. an act that fails; " his failure to pass the test"
  3. an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; " the surprise party was a complete failure"
  4. loss of ability to function normally; " kidney failure"
  5. lack of success; " he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; " that year there was a crop failure"
  6. Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops.
  7. Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise.
  8. Want of success; the state of having failed.
  9. Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight.
  10. A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business.
  11. A failing; a slight fault.
  12. The act of falling short, wasting away, or turning out badly; omission; neglect or nonperformance; want of success; decay, or defect from decay; as, the failure of eyesight; the act of becoming bankrupt; an unsuccessful person, effort, etc.
  13. A falling short, or cessation; omission; decay; bankruptcy.
  14. Act of failing; omission; want; decay; bankruptcy.
  15. The act of failing, or the state of having failed; cessation; neglect; bankruptcy.
  16. That which fails; anything unsuccessful.
  17. A failing; deficiency; cessation of supply; omission; non- performance; decay, or defect from decay; want of success; becoming insolvent.
  18. Deficiency; omission; total defect; decay; insolvency.
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