Definitions of failure

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an unexpected omission; "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. loss of ability to function normally; "kidney failure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Want of success; the state of having failed. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A failing; a slight fault. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The act of falling short, wasting away, or turning out badly; omission; neglect or nonperformance; want of success; decay, or defect from decay; as, the failure of eyesight; the act of becoming bankrupt; an unsuccessful person, effort, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. A falling short, or cessation; omission; decay; bankruptcy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Act of failing; omission; want; decay; bankruptcy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. The act of failing, or the state of having failed; cessation; neglect; bankruptcy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. That which fails; anything unsuccessful. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. A failing; deficiency; cessation of supply; omission; non-performance; decay, or defect from decay; want of success; becoming insolvent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Deficiency; omission; total defect; decay; insolvency. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. In a general sense, deficiency, want, or lack ; ineffectualness ; inefficiencyas measured by some legal standard; an unsuccessful attempt. White v. Pettijohn, 23N. C. 55; State v. Butler, 81 Minn. 103, 83 N. W. 4S3; Andrews v. Keep, 3S Ala. 317.In commercial law, the suspension or abandonment of business by a merchant,manufacturer, bank, etc., in consequence of insolvency. American Credit Indemnity Co.v. Carrolton Furniture Mfg. Co., 95 Fed. 115, 36 C. C. A. 671; Terry v. Caiman. 13 S. C.220; State v. Lewis, 42 La. Ann. 847. 8 South. 602. thelawdictionary.org
  22. A total defect; an omission; a non-performance. Failure also signifies a stoppage of payment; as, there has been a failure to-day, some one has stopped payment. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  23. According to the French code of commerce, art. 437, every merchant or trader who suspends payment is in a state of failure. Vide Bankruptcy; Insolvency. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  24. The inability of a system or system component to perform arequired function within specified limits. A failure may beproduced when a fault is encountered. foldoc_fs
  25. Non-occurrence, non-performance; running short, breaking down; ill success; unsuccessful person, thing, or attempt; insolvency. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. n. Cessation of supply, or total defect; deficiency:—omission; non-performance; decay, or defect from decay;—bankruptcy; suspension of payment. Cabinet Dictionary
  27. Deficience, cessation; omission, non-performance, slip; a lapse, a slight fault. Complete Dictionary

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