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The Definition of - failure (noun)

    an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success:
    His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.
    nonperformance of something due, required, or expected:
    a failure to do what one has promised; a failure to appear.
    a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency:
    the failure of crops.
    deterioration or decay, especially of vigor, strength, etc.:
    The failure of her health made retirement necessary.
    a condition of being bankrupt by reason of insolvency.
    a becoming insolvent or bankrupt:
    the failure of a bank.
    a person or thing that proves unsuccessful:
    He is a failure in his career. The cake is a failure.

Word Example of - failure

    Example Sentences for failure

    But let me say to you very kindly but very plainly your life thus far is a failure.

    What it meant to him may be imagined—the failure of all their hopes—their capture and death!

    For Old Eli had been a failure, a flat, appalling, stupefying failure.

    No; not through any failure; not through any of the accidents which will happen in all medical practice.

    The thought of the loss of the gold was forgotten in his disappointment at failure.

    This squalor, this bare loneliness, was the harsh penalty of failure.

    A failure in a proper understanding of language may give rise to false conceptions and the most serious of mistakes.

    The outside of the log was nothing but punk, or the operation would have been a failure.

    The failure of the siege of Orleans marks the beginning of the decline of English power in France.

    Failure in respect to age is considered an injury to the customs of the country.

Word Origin & History of - failure

    Word Origin & History

    failure 1640s, failer, from Anglo-Fr. failer, from Fr. faillir (see fail). Modern form attested from 1660s.