• WordNet 3.6
    • n drawback the quality of being a hindrance "he pointed out all the drawbacks to my plan"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drawback A loss of advantage, or deduction from profit, value, success, etc.; a discouragement or hindrance; objectionable feature. "The avarice of Henry VII . . . . must be deemed a drawback from the wisdom ascribed to him."
    • Drawback (Com) Money paid back or remitted; especially, a certain amount of duties or customs, sometimes the whole, and sometimes only a part, remitted or paid back by the government, on the exportation of the commodities on which they were levied.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drawback Any loss of advantage or impairment of profit, value, success, or satisfaction; a discouragement or hindrance; a disadvantage.
    • n drawback Money or an amount paid back; usually, a certain amount of duties or customs dues paid back or remitted to an importer when he exports goods that he has previously imported and paid duty on, as, for instance, tobacco, or a certain amount of excise paid back or allowed on the exportation of home manufactures. Abbreviated dbk.
    • n drawback In iron-founding, a loose piece in a mold. In brass-founding such a piece is called a false core.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Drawback a disadvantage: a receiving back some part of the duty on goods on their exportation
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  • Arnold Bennett
    “Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
    “Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.”
  • Mark Twain
    “France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A later form of Drag.


In literature:

It is certainly a drawback.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
There was but one drawback to the general satisfaction.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
Here there are certain drawbacks.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
The chief drawback appeared to be that we had rather a large percentage of young and inexperienced Officers and N.C.O.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
But a serious drawback is the insufficiency and uncertainty of the rain supply.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
The only drawback to it was that it was too good.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
The real drawback lay in my weak state of health and physical inability to write more than a few lines.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
The Garnetts' house stood at the corner of Sandon Terrace, and possessed at once the advantages and drawbacks of its position.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Indeed, her pride in Allister's work was quite as great as it ever had been in her own, and the pleasure had fewer drawbacks.
"Shenac's Work at Home" by Margaret Murray Robertson
That matron's pleasure in their intercourse hitherto had been the one drawback to his delight in it.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson

In poetry:

It sometimes strikes me, now she's gone, she'd no drawbacks at all-.
Her features just a shade severe, her age canonical,
In fashions of her mother's day she trod her way serene,
And wasteful ways of worldly dames disgusted Josephine.
"Josephine" by John O Brien

In news:

But several drawbacks to the furloughs are developing .
Electronic medical records can have drawbacks, too.
In this week`s "Do It Yourself" segment, Jeff Hinz from Kirkwood Ace Hardware shows us some of the drawbacks to WD-40, and what you can use instead.
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Many of them are old lines with certain drawbacks for researchers.
I knew from the get-go it was going to sound preposterous starting off with the drawbacks of driving a $150,000 luxury supercar.
The purpose of this guide is to provide a quick reference to these methodologies such that the reader can make the appropriate decision regarding which method to use based on the associated benefits, uses, drawbacks and limitations.
Its rapid volatilization is good because it disappears and leaves no residue to cause resistance in the mites , but the drawback is it vanishes from colonies before the month of exposure needed for effect on the mites .
A new scheme has potential drawbacks.
0For veteran officials like Macomb's Shawn Dobey, the benefits of the work far outpace the drawbacks.
But the benefits don't come without drawbacks.
Even being on top of the world has its drawbacks.
New Hailed as a game-changing vehicle that erases the drawbacks of previous electric cars, the Tesla Model S has been highly anticipated by local electric Post a comment.
The new 1100 x 650 Terex Pegson XA400 tracked crushing plant features the "M" Series single toggle jaw with a hydraulic adjust system that lets you quickly change the machine setting with no drawback rod adjustment.
The one drawback to this prime location.

In science:

The drawback is that large-scale simulations do not necessarily provide a simple picture of the relevant degrees of freedom.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The resulting double ratios are not that smooth and monotically decreasing as in the data or from the LUBOEI procedure (which is the usual drawback of the weight methods).
Modelling Bose-Einstein effect from asymmetric sources in Monte Carlo generators
However, CFTP and related approaches have drawbacks of their own.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
However the drawback of such an abstract approach is that the explicit random matrix ensembles corresponding to these distributions are unknown.
Free Random Levy Matrices
This is indeed a ma jor drawback of the Metropolis Monte Carlo technique.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem