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deficient

[ dih-fish-uhnt ]
/ dɪˈfɪʃ ənt /
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adjective
lacking some element or characteristic; defective: deficient in taste.
insufficient; inadequate: deficient knowledge.
noun
a person who is deficient, especially one who is mentally defective.
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Origin of deficient

1575–85; <Latin dēficient- (stem of dēficiēns, present participle of dēficere to fail, run short, lack, weaken), equivalent to dē-de- + fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + thematic -i- + -ent--ent

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British Dictionary definitions for deficient

deficient
/ (dɪˈfɪʃənt) /

adjective
lacking some essential; incomplete; defective
inadequate in quantity or supply; insufficient

Derived forms of deficient

deficiently, adverb

Word Origin for deficient

C16: from Latin dēficiēns lacking, from dēficere to fall short; see defect
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Medical definitions for deficient

deficient
[ dĭ-fĭshənt ]

adj.
Lacking an essential quality or element.
Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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