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Definitions of failure

  1. inability to discharge all your debts as they come due; " the company had to declare bankruptcy"; " fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
  2. an unexpected omission; " he resented my failure to return his call"; " the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
  3. an act that fails; " his failure to pass the test"
  4. an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; " the surprise party was a complete failure"
  5. a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
  6. loss of ability to function normally; " kidney failure"
  7. lack of success; " he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; " that year there was a crop failure"
  8. Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops.
  9. Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise.
  10. Want of success; the state of having failed.
  11. Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight.
  12. A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business.
  13. A failing; a slight fault.
  14. 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.
  15. A falling short, or cessation; omission; decay; bankruptcy.
  16. Act of failing; omission; want; decay; bankruptcy.
  17. The act of failing, or the state of having failed; cessation; neglect; bankruptcy.
  18. That which fails; anything unsuccessful.
  19. A failing; deficiency; cessation of supply; omission; non- performance; decay, or defect from decay; want of success; becoming insolvent.
  20. Deficiency; omission; total defect; decay; insolvency.
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Quotes of failure

  1. I knew that there were several, among African -American leaders, who had been put out by me because of my failure or reluctance to endorse Sen. Kerry. – Rodney Alexander
  2. I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. – George Burns
  3. Pharmaceutical companies are enjoying unprecedented profits and access with this Administration. Yet the Republicans' prescription drug plan for seniors has been a colossal failure and over 43 million Americans wake up every morning without health insurance. – Jim Clyburn
  4. Big companies are like marching bands. Even if half the band is playing random notes, it still sounds kind of like music. The concealment of failure is built into them. – Doug Coupland
  5. Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. – Amelia Earhart
  6. If you try to do your best there is no failure – Mike Farrell
  7. The rise of China as a new power is another great challenge for the US. Our failure to properly handle Germany and Japan earlier in the 20th century cost us and the world dearly. We must not make this same mistake with China. – Steve Forbes
  8. There is no failure except in no longer trying. – Elbert Hubbard
  9. Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success. – Og Mandino
  10. The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil. – H. L. Mencken
  11. A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life. – Christopher Morley
  12. Most people think of success and failure as opposites, but they both are products of the same process. – Roger von Oech
  13. At first I wasn't sure that I had the talent, but I did know I had a fear of failure and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it. – Gordon Parks
  14. Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something. – Frederick Smith
  15. Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure all crime in the end is the crime of the community. – H. G. Wells

Usage examples for failure

  1. It was not a failure – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  2. Close before the success of which I dreamed failure and bitter disappointment." – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. If he were false, then surely the failure would be his! – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  4. She couldn't imagine her existence going on at all on the other side of failure – The Coast of Chance by Esther Chamberlain Lucia Chamberlain
  5. This time they could afford to fly; their second attempt was no failure like the first. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung
  6. Have you thought of failure – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance
  7. It will bring success instead of failure – Heart Talks by Charles Wesley Naylor
  8. We must confess that a decided effort to discover something of the sort proved quite a failure – Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia by Maturin M. Ballou
  9. The rector was beginning to be aware that Harry would hardly make a fortune at the profession which he had chosen, and that a rich marriage would be an easy way out of all the difficulties which such a failure promised. – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  10. Perhaps he had expected to see somebody- Mr Wodehouse going home, most likely, in order that he might mention his own engagement, and account for his failure in the chance evening call which had become so much a part of his life. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  11. Their sterility is therefore due to the failure of the eggs to develop properly. – Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila by Thomas Hunt Morgan Calvin B. Bridges
  12. I am afraid, Harry, the journey will be a failure except that we have had a very jolly time. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  13. It is unfortunately true that there is sometimes a failure in this respect. – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  14. His only fear was for failure – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  15. Failure for some reason or another, always dogs their steps, and the more Society does for them, the less they will be disposed to do anything for themselves. – Crime and Its Causes by William Douglas Morrison
  16. An attempt by the 4th Corps to advance on Menin ended in failure – 1914 by John French, Viscount of Ypres
  17. The Government is a failure unless this is done. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  18. It is not quite a failure but it is by no means a great success. – Change in the Village by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  19. He had failed to get into power in the United States, and his failure had made him bitter. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  20. But is there anybody who would have a particular interest in your failure – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew