Definition of Deficiency

1. Noun. The state of needing something that is absent or unavailable. "For want of a nail the shoe was lost"

Exact synonyms: Lack, Want
Specialized synonyms: Absence, Dearth, Famine, Shortage, Deficit, Mineral Deficiency, Shortness, Stringency, Tightness
Generic synonyms: Demand, Need
Derivative terms: Deficient, Lack, Want, Want



2. Noun. Lack of an adequate quantity or number. "The inadequacy of unemployment benefits"

Definition of Deficiency

1. n. The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure; imperfection; shortcoming; defect.

Definition of Deficiency

1. Noun. Inadequacy or incompleteness. ¹

2. Noun. An insufficiency, especially of something essential to health. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Deficiency

1. [n DEFICIENCIES]

Medical Definition of Deficiency

1. A lack or defect. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deficiency

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deficiency (current term)
deficiency anaemia
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Literary usage of Deficiency

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1. A Course in Mathematical Analysis by Edouard Goursat, Earle Raymond Hedrick (1916)
"Curves of deficiency one. An algebraic plane curve Cn of degree n cannot have more than (n β€” l)(n β€” 2)/2 double points without degenerating into several ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"Primarily it is for the county commissioners (or the proper county authorities, where there are no commissioners) to decide when a casual deficiency In ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Surveying and Boundaries by Frank Emerson Clark (1922)
"deficiency of irregular lots not paralleling each other.β€”It will frequently be necessary to apportion excess or deficiency in very irregular lots or parcels ..."

4. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1908)
"... whether incompetent or relatively efficient, were alike grievously hampered by the deficiency of men, both in the dockyards and at sea. ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"This is only another aspect of the redoubtable financial problem ; for, except during the years affected by the Plague, the deficiency was largely due to ..."

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