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Meaning of failing

fail•ing

Pronunciation: (fā'ling), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or instance of failing; failure: His failing is due to general incompetence.
  2. a defect or fault; shortcoming; weakness: His lack of knowledge is a grave failing.
—prep.
  1. in the absence or default of: Failing payment, we shall sue.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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