AskDefine | Define failing

Dictionary Definition

failing adj
1 unable to meet financial obligations; "a failing business venture" [syn: failed]
2 below acceptable in performance; "received failing grades"


1 a flaw or weak point; "he was quick to point out his wife's failings" [syn: weakness]
2 failure to reach a minimum required performance; "his failing the course led to his disqualification" [ant: passing]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. present participle of fail


  1. Weakness; defect
    His worst failing is his temper.


  1. if the preferred or prior option is not possible
    A large proportions of the females employed in other firms are said to have signified their intention of going on strike, failing a settlement.

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