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Meaning & Definition of Deficient in English

English

Deficient

/dɪfɪʃənt/

adjective

1. Inadequate in amount or degree

  • "A deficient education"
  • "Deficient in common sense"
  • "Lacking in stamina"
  • "Tested and found wanting"
    synonym:
  • deficient
  • ,
  • lacking(p)
  • ,
  • wanting(p)

2. Of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

  • "Insufficient funds"
    synonym:
  • insufficient
  • ,
  • deficient

3. Falling short of some prescribed norm

  • "Substandard housing"
    synonym:
  • deficient
  • ,
  • inferior
  • ,
  • substandard

Examples of using

The young engineer was deficient in experience.