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Guest:If a product has some 'benefits', it follows that is will have some drawbacks (possibly). I need to find a word that is not seen as a negative such as 'drawbacks' but it must not have a particularly negative meaning.
Currently the document that I have to rewrite has 'benefits' and 'disbenefits' as a title and this to me is not very good English.
Any help would be appreciated.
Approved answer (verified by fivejedjon)
A euphemism is a word that reduces precision of thought, so you are running the risk of your document being seen as imprecise.
"Benefits and their absence"
"Benefits and hang-ups"
"Benefits and stumbling blocks"
Advantages and Disadvantages
Suitable and Unsuitable Uses
Benefits and Cautions
Benefits and Caveats
Benefits and Limitations
Advantages and Limitations
Conveniences and Inconveniences
Not knowing the full content of the article you are attempting to title, it's hard to say which direction you might go in. Perhaps the form "plus and minus" can be changed to something totally different?
In any case, you're right; you absolutely must get rid of "disbenefits"!
The opposite word of BENEFIT is DETRIMENT.
Paul K Prasanth.
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