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Shortcomings and Defects 

February 2, 2017 by Kayce L.

Does the word “Shortcoming” mean the same thing as “Defect of Character”?
They’re synonyms. It’s poor practice to repeat the same word over and over. A better practice is to avoid repeating the same word and phrase over and over.
“Shortcoming” vs. “Defect of Character” Shortcoming defined: A defect or failure in somebody’s character A deficiency; a flaw. Character Defined: The set of qualities that make somebody or something distinctive, especially somebody’s qualities of mind and feeling. Somebody’s public reputation.

The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another. See Synonyms at disposition.

A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, group, or category. Defect defined: A flaw – a failing, blemish, or flaw, especially one that still allows the affected thing to function, however imperfectly.

A personal flaw – a personal failing, weakness, or shortcoming, especially in character. An imperfection – something that makes a person or thing less than perfect. The lack of something necessary or desirable for completion or perfection; a deficiency: a visual defect. An imperfection that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming.


  1. Gayle R says:

    Making major changes has allowed me to see clearly defects & shortcomings! I have grown strong through the practice of the 12 steps & principles of the program. I am able to go through difficult & tension filled moments because I have tools to be honest, open minded & willing to change. What a gift! This is possible because I have a sponsor & sober sisters who love me enough to tell me the truth. I accept myself exactly as I am. I have learned to laugh at myself. I don’t want to hurt myself or others. I want to love; live & let live. I want to see & say when I am wrong. Let go & move on. Help me HP to grow & turn my shortcoming & failings over to you each day! Thank-you!

  2. Chloeb says:

    Thank you kayce for the topic and gayle for sharing!! I was just talking to my sponsor tonight about some character defects I want to work on!! The recovery process is just that a work in progress … I have to always keep my self reminded that it’s never ending and I have to always work the 12 steps and if I don’t drink I won’t get drunk !! Happy awesome birthday Thomas !!

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