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Failure

Updated 08/04/2017
fail·ure
ˈfālyər/
noun
noun: failure
  1. 1.
    lack of success.
    "an economic policy that is doomed to failure"
    synonyms:lack of success, nonfulfillmentdefeatcollapse, foundering
    "the failure of the assassination attempt"
    fiascodebaclecatastrophedisaster;
    informalflopmegaflopwashoutdead losssnafuclinkerdudno-go
    "all his schemes had been a failure"
    antonyms:success
    • an unsuccessful person, enterprise, or thing.
      plural noun: failures
      "bad weather had resulted in crop failures"
      synonyms:loser, underachiever, ne'er-do-welldisappointment
      informalno-hoperdead lossdudwrite-offbusted flush
      "she was regarded as a failure"
      inadequacyinsufficiencydeficiencydearthscarcityshortfall
      "a crop failure"
      antonyms:success
  2. 2.
    the omission of expected or required action.
    "their failure to comply with the basic rules"
    synonyms:negligencederelictionMore
    • a lack or deficiency of a desirable quality.
      "a failure of imagination"
  3. 3.
    the action or state of not functioning.
    "symptoms of heart failure"
    synonyms:breaking down, breakdownmalfunction
    crash
    "the failure of the camera"
    • a sudden cessation of power.
      synonyms:breaking down, breakdownmalfunction
      crash
      "the failure of the camera"
    • the collapse of a business.
      synonyms:collapsecrashbankruptcyinsolvencyliquidationclosure
      "company failures"
      antonyms:success



The Fringe Benefits of Failure (Video: 20:57)                                                                                       10/23/2016
At her Harvard commencement speech, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling offers
some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one
hard-won lesson that she deems "worth more than any qualification I ever earned."