• 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
It was a delicious dreamy time, the only drawbacks being the suspicions of the boatmen, and the cramped nature of the space at disposal.
"Yussuf the Guide" by George Manville Fenn
Bottled beer and wine in abundance made them all very jolly, but there was a drawback.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
But there were drawbacks.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
Of course it has its drawbacks, but we will not pause to meditate on these.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
So far this process has not been adopted on the practical scale, its chief drawback being the length of time required for saponification.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
It has nearly all the drawbacks of civilised noses.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Still there are drawbacks.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
This method has its advantages and its drawbacks.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
One drawback was the cold period during the latter part of June.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
But its drawback is that it has greatly limited the possibility of private member legislation.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky

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:

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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
The drawback is that we have to consider a large number of fermion species Nf in order to have a control parameter for the approximation.
2d random Dirac fermions: large N approach
One drawback of AGLs is the Rayleigh scattering phenomenon due to the microscopic structure of the material.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The drawbacks to the FFT are also significant.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
There are two drawbacks in this naive framework.
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
One drawback of this construction is its non-intrinsic nature since it relies on an explicit embedding.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
Notice that, as emphasized by Frisch , the existence of infinite moments can be a drawback of a log-normal multifractal as a model for experimental situations like turbulence.
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
On the other hand, the main drawback of the model is its ad-hoc construction in terms of the variables Zi .
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
The invariant coupling function thus defined suffers from the usual drawback of MOM schemes — the gauge dependence.
On the Fourier transformation of Renormalization Invariant Coupling
The drawback is that by lowering Q, one would also expect to see wide-scale star formation in the disk, which is not observed (Bureau et al. 1999; Meurer et al. 1999).
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
The drawback of the global methods is that they rely upon indirect arguments and proof by contradiction.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes