- The definition of a shortcoming is a failing or something that is considered to be a flaw.
An example of a shortcoming is when you are a messy and disorganized person.
shortcoming definition by Webster's New World
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a falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency
shortcoming definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A deficiency; a flaw.