Definitions for: Failure


[n] an unexpected omission; "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
[n] an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"
[n] an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure"
[n] a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
[n] loss of ability to function normally; "kidney failure"
[n] lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
[n] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Fail"ure, 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.

Synonyms: loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person

Antonyms: achiever, succeeder, success, success, success, winner

See Also: abortion, backsliding, bank failure, bankrupt, bankruptcy, breach, breakdown, bust, circumstances, copout, coronary failure, crop failure, dashing hopes, default, destiny, disappointment, disorder, downfall, dud, equipment failure, error, failing, fate, flash in the pan, flop, flop, fortune, happening, heart failure, insolvency, insolvent, kidney failure, lapse, lapsing, loss, lot, luck, malformation, malfunction, miscarriage, miscreation, misfire, misplay, miss, natural event, naught, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement, nonconformity, nonpayment, nonremittal, occurrence, omission, out, portion, relapse, relapsing, renal failure, reversion, reverting, ruin, ruination, skip, underdog, unfortunate, unfortunate person, upset, washout

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