deficient number


noun Mathematics.

a positive number that is greater than the sum of all positive integers that are submultiples of it, as 10, which is greater than the sum of 1, 2, and 5.

Nearby words

  1. deficiency account,
  2. deficiency disease,
  3. deficiency judgment,
  4. deficiency symptom,
  5. deficient,
  6. deficiently,
  7. deficit,
  8. deficit financing,
  9. deficit spending,
  10. defier


Origin of deficient number

First recorded in 1720–30

Also called defective number.

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