Pronunciation: (fā'ling), [key]
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.
in the absence or default of: Failing payment, we shall sue.
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