1. graded adjective & adjective If you describe someone or their behaviour as faint-hearted, you mean that they are not very confident and do not take strong action because they are afraid of failing. ⇒ This is no time to be faint-hearted. ⇒ The voters may be ready to punish the politicians who devised a faint-hearted solidarity pact.
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