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  Definition of deficiency
  1. lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
  2. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable; "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
Similar Words: insufficiency, inadequacy, lack, want

 

Hyponyms: meagerness, meagreness, poorness, scantiness, scantness, exiguity, deficit, shortage, shortfall, scarcity, scarceness, absence, dearth, famine, mineral deficiency, stringency, tightness

 

Derivational Morphology: want, need, require, miss, lack

 

 
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