Failure

Definition of Failure

Fail´ure
n.1.Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops.
2.Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise.
3.Want of success; the state of having failed.
4.Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight.
5.A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business.
6.A failing; a slight fault.

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