Definition of drawback in English:


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  • 1A feature that renders something less acceptable; a disadvantage or problem.

    ‘the main drawback of fitting catalytic converters is the cost’
    • ‘The main drawback of a global fitting strategy is the time needed to reach convergence.’
    • ‘The main difficulties and drawbacks to these methods are the quality of the obtained parts.’
    • ‘Both have good color rendering, but have drawbacks when they're used outdoors.’
    • ‘This is one of the main drawbacks of having a business carried on by a company.’
    • ‘The main drawbacks are the lack of a two player mode and no opponent cars to race against.’
    • ‘While many of the objectives in these codes are positive, their main drawback is that they are voluntary.’
    • ‘The main drawback is that it requires some investment, which only larger companies can afford.’
    • ‘It's sorta obvious what's going to happen from there and that's the main drawback for the film.’
    • ‘The main drawback of the technology is that the batteries are bulky and only last a few hours.’
    • ‘The difficulty in getting around Dublin is one of the main drawbacks of living in this city.’
    • ‘The main drawback of steam power was its poor power to weight ratio, which limited its applications.’
    • ‘The Mother too, greatly stressed the drawbacks and shortcomings of today's education system.’
    • ‘It's easy to get carried away with technology, and obviously there are limitations and drawbacks to a network.’
    • ‘As good an Idea as this is for their benefit, there are many drawbacks and limitations due to the current track arrangement.’
    • ‘Before registering, the parliaments had the power to send the king remonstrances pointing out flaws or drawbacks in the new laws.’
    • ‘Its main drawback is that it is based on the unrealistic and simplistic assumptions of two countries producing only two goods.’
    • ‘The main drawback of the novel, however, is that it seems in places contrived.’
    • ‘However, bureaucracy and difficult customers were among the drawbacks of the job.’
    • ‘This and other drawbacks appear to render deep self burial impractical.’
    • ‘Conference time by the seaside still has immense drawbacks.’
    disadvantage, snag, downside, stumbling block, catch, hitch, pitfall, fly in the ointment
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  • 2An amount of excise or import duty remitted on imported goods that the importer re-exports rather than sells domestically.

    ‘they had been complaining of difficulties in getting quick reimbursement of duty drawback’
    • ‘On the trade front, subsidies and duty drawbacks on inputs for exported goods were frequently used to promote exports.’
    • ‘Second, duty drawbacks on imported raw materials for exported manufactures - a policy that had been well established in the country since the days of William and Mary - were increased.’
    • ‘At the same time, the market expectation is that there is not likely to be any big relief on taxes and duty drawbacks.’



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