- the state of being deficient; lack; incompleteness; insufficiency.
- the amount lacked; a deficit.
Origin of deficiency
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1. shortage, inadequacy, paucity, scarcity.
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Examples from the Web for deficiencies
His deficiencies and self-doubts, amid his epochal mission of liberation, are precisely what make him interesting.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
Deficiencies in vital nutrients cause skin to dry, lips to crack, and hair to fall out.How Famines Make Future Generations Fat
May 11, 2014
“By sixth grade, children are aware of their deficiencies,” Porter says.The Real Juvenile Offenders
June 22, 2013
I'd like to find some more efficient means of curing these deficiencies.America's Jobless Crisis
April 22, 2013
Just gaze upon its deficiencies in the current crisis with North Korea.Obama's Forgettable New Strategy
Leslie H. Gelb
May 27, 2010
I feel and confess my own deficiencies as an individual member.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Still, nowadays it is reported that nearly all deficiencies have been made good.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Its variety and symmetry.painters, and see if it atones for the deficiencies of the stems.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Deficiencies in individuals, as in States, have their value and import.The Book of Khalid
These two deficiencies, if deficiencies they be, only endear him the more to us.The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
- the state or quality of being deficient
- a lack or insufficiency; shortage
- another word for deficit
- biology the absence of a gene or a region of a chromosome normally present
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Word Origin and History for deficiencies
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A lack or shortage of something essential to health; an insufficiency.
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