What does Deficiency mean?

Definitions for Deficiencydɪˈfɪʃ ən si

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Deficiency.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lack, deficiency, want(noun)

    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"

  2. insufficiency, inadequacy, deficiency(noun)

    lack of an adequate quantity or number

    "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"


  1. deficiency(Noun)

    Inadequacy or incompleteness.

  2. deficiency(Noun)

    An insufficiency, especially of something essential to health.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deficiency(noun)

    the state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure; imperfection; shortcoming; defect

  2. Origin: [See Deficient.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deficiency' in Nouns Frequency: #2895


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Deficiency in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Deficiency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Walter Bagehot:

    The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.

  2. Bernard Grasset:

    The chimerical pursuit of perfection is always linked to some important deficiency, frequently the inability to love.

  3. Douglas Noel Adams:

    My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes.

  4. Jane Austen:

    Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.

  5. Jacques Martin Barzun:

    Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap.

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