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From Anglo-Norman failer, from Old French faillir (to fail).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfeɪ.ljə/
  • (Canada, General American) IPA(key): /ˈfeɪ.ljɚ/


failure (countable and uncountable, plural failures)

  1. State or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, opposite of success.
  2. Omission to do something, whether or not it was attempted, especially something that ought to have been done.
  3. An object, person or endeavour in a state of failure or incapable of success.
  4. Termination of the ability of an item to perform its required function; breakdown.
  5. Bankruptcy.


  • (opposite of success): fail (noun)
  • (person incapable of success): loser


  • (state or condition): success, triumph


  • congestive heart failure, dam failure, failure to launch, failure to thrive, ground failure, heart failure, heart-failure, kidney failure, market failure, power failure, single-point failure, structural failure

Derived terms

Related terms

  • fail (verb), fail-fast, fail-safe, fail-stop


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