- The definition of a failure is the act of falling short of the goal or a person who hasn't achieved what they set out to.
An example of a failure is an aspiring actress hoping to make it in the movie industry and ending up with a waitressing career.
failure definition by Webster's New World
- the act of failing or the state or condition resulting from having failed; specif.,
- a falling short
- a losing of power or strength
- a breakdown in operation or function
- neglect or omission
- a not succeeding in doing or becoming
- a becoming bankrupt
- a person or thing that fails
- a failing to pass
- ☆ a grade or mark (usually F) indicating a failing to pass
Origin: ; from earlier failer ; from Anglo-French ; from Old French faillir: see fail
failure definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends: the failure of an experiment.
- One that fails: a failure at one's career.
- The condition or fact of being insufficient or falling short: a crop failure.
- A cessation of proper functioning or performance: a power failure.
- Nonperformance of what is requested or expected; omission: failure to report a change of address.
- The act or fact of failing to pass a course, test, or assignment.
- A decline in strength or effectiveness.
- The act or fact of becoming bankrupt or insolvent.
Origin: Alteration of failer, default, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French faillir, to fail; see fail.
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