- deficiency in amount, force, power, competence, or fitness; inadequacy: insufficiency of supplies.
- an instance of this.
- inability of an organ or other part of the body to function normally: cardiac insufficiency.
Origin of insufficiency
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Examples from the Web for insufficiency
His want of success arose from the insufficiency, not the fallacy, of theory.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The insufficiency, the inadequacy of his staff and of chief-of-staff.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
It is conscious of their ultimate identity and their present insufficiency.Mountain Meditations
And then the vanity of it, the cruelty and insufficiency of it!The Manxman
The former says of himself that he was 'stopped of his degree for dulness and insufficiency.'The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
- Also called: insufficience the state of being insufficient
- pathol failure in the functioning of an organ, tissue, etccardiac insufficiency
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Word Origin and History for insufficiency
1520s, from Late Latin insufficientia, noun of quality from insufficientem (see insufficient). Insufficience "deficiency" is from early 15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An inability of a bodily part or an organ to function normally.
- A moral or mental incompetence.
- An inadequate supply.
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