the state of being deficient; lack; incompleteness; insufficiency.
the amount lacked; a deficit.
- Also Obsolete, deficience [dih-fish-uhns] /dɪˈfɪʃ əns/ .
- non·de·fi·cien·cy, noun, plural non·de·fi·cien·cies.
- pre·de·fi·cien·cy, noun, plural pre·de·fi·cien·cies.
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How to use deficiency in a sentence
The digital deficiencies threatened Winford’s ability to fully tend to her patients’ emotional and physical well-being, she said, creating additional headaches during a public-health crisis.
To address the council’s deficiencies and ensure it lives up to its mandate, the United States must be at the table using the full weight of our diplomatic leadership.
The researchers also found clean eating to be associated with nutritional deficiencies, since restrictive behavior can go undetected and unchecked for so long.
One is about the difference between correcting a deficiency and boosting performance.
On a related note, the global pandemic has exposed deficiencies in health systems everywhere and has highlighted the importance of advancing with more patient-centric solutions.Pfizer or Moderna? A COVID vaccine distribution dilemma | Sy Mukherjee | January 14, 2021 | Fortune
At 11, back in his home town of Rosario, Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency.
Dominant models of depression tend to treat the condition as a defect or deficiency.
He had no sign of a spreading infection, a tumor, or auto-immune deficiency.
The underlying statute that keeps government from fully operating during a shutdown is an 1870 law, the Anti-deficiency Act.
GRID, gay-related immune deficiency, became AIDS, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
In fact, some memories are much oftener weak from deficiency in reviving power than from feebleness of first impressions.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
deficiency of rennin has the same significance as deficiency of pepsin, and is more easily recognized.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Lastly the pawner is liable for any deficiency after the sale of the thing pawned, unless released by statute.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
If the losses exceed the premiums thus paid in advance, then an assessment is made on each member to cover the deficiency.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
A second is the deficiency in educational influences, which have had so much to do with human progress.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for deficiency
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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