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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. loss of ability to function normally; " kidney failure"
  6. lack of success; " he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; " that year there was a crop failure"
  7. Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops.
  8. Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise.
  9. Want of success; the state of having failed.
  10. Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight.
  11. A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business.
  12. A failing; a slight fault.
  13. 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.
  14. A falling short, or cessation; omission; decay; bankruptcy.
  15. Act of failing; omission; want; decay; bankruptcy.
  16. The act of failing, or the state of having failed; cessation; neglect; bankruptcy.
  17. That which fails; anything unsuccessful.
  18. A failing; deficiency; cessation of supply; omission; non- performance; decay, or defect from decay; want of success; becoming insolvent.
  19. Deficiency; omission; total defect; decay; insolvency.
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Usage examples for failure

  1. 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
  2. Close before the success of which I dreamed failure and bitter disappointment." – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. If he were false, then surely the failure would be his! – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  7. 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
  8. The Government is a failure unless this is done. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  9. 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
  10. It was not a failure. – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  11. It will bring success instead of failure. – Heart Talks by Charles Wesley Naylor
  12. This time they could afford to fly; their second attempt was no failure like the first. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung
  13. An attempt by the 4th Corps to advance on Menin ended in failure. – 1914 by John French, Viscount of Ypres
  14. 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
  15. But is there anybody who would have a particular interest in your failure? – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  16. Have you thought of failure? – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance
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