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Meaning of failure by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( Canada ) IPA: /ˈfeɪlˌjɚ/


    From Anglo-Norman failer, from Old French faillir ( “to fail” ) .


    failure ( plural: failures )

    1. State or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, opposite of success.
    2. An object, person or endeavour in a state of failure or incapable of success .
    3. Termination of the ability of an item to perform its required function, breakdown .



Explanation of failure by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. an unexpected omission

    2. he resented my failure to return his call
      the mechanic's failure to check the brakes
    3. an act that fails

    4. his failure to pass the test
    5. an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

    6. the surprise party was a complete failure
    7. a person with a record of failing

    8. loss of ability to function normally

    9. kidney failure
    10. lack of success

    11. he felt that his entire life had been a failure
      that year there was a crop failure
    12. inability to discharge all your debts as they come due

    13. fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks

    Definition of failure by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fail, n. [OF. faille, from failir. See Fail, v. i.]
      1. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail. “His highness' fail of issue.” Shak.

      2. Death; decease. [Obs.] Shak.

    2. Failure n. [From Fail.]
      1. Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, “failure of rain; failure of crops.”

      2. Omission; nonperformance; as, “the failure to keep a promise”.

      3. Want of success; the state of having failed.

      4. Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, “the failure of memory or of sight”.

      5. A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, “failure in business”.

      6. A failing; a slight fault. [Obs.] Johnson.