Meaning of FAILING in English

I. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English failling, failing, from gerund of faillen, failen to fail

: an often slight or venial disadvantageous foible, personality defect, or character weakness

has all the failings of our common lot — Ronald Rubinstein

Synonyms: see fault

II. preposition

Etymology: from present participle of fail (I)

: in absence, default, or lack of : in case of nonoccurrence of : without

failing specific instructions, use your own judgment

failing brothers and sisters, cousins may inherit

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