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Meaning & Definition of Deficiency in English

English

Deficiency

/dɪfɪʃənsi/

noun

1. The state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

  • "There is a serious lack of insight into the problem"
  • "Water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"
  • "For want of a nail the shoe was lost"
    synonym:
  • lack
  • ,
  • deficiency
  • ,
  • want

2. Lack of an adequate quantity or number

  • "The inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
    synonym:
  • insufficiency
  • ,
  • inadequacy
  • ,
  • deficiency