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.
- Also in·suf·fi·cience .
- self-in·suf·fi·cien·cy, noun, plural self·-in·suf·fi·cien·cies.
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How to use insufficiency in a sentence
An increase is also noted in the uric-acid diathesis and in diseases accompanied by respiratory insufficiency.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The poverty of earlier days was the outcome of the insufficiency of human labor to meet the primal needs of human kind.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
They too hastily confessed the insufficiency of arms and fortifications.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | Edward Gibbon
I believe that a few of the prisoners succumbed to disease and died because they had an insufficiency of nourishing food.Reminiscences of a Rebel | Wayland Fuller Dunaway
It was this insufficiency of rations which wrought the fatal dnouement of the glorious enterprise of Burke and Wills.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
British Dictionary definitions for insufficiency
Also called: insufficience the state of being insufficient
pathol failure in the functioning of an organ, tissue, etc: cardiac insufficiency
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