Definitions for Deficiencydɪˈfɪʃ ən si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•fi•cien•cydɪˈfɪʃ ən si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. the state of being deficient; lack; insufficiency.

  2. the amount or quality lacked.

Origin of deficiency:

1625–35; < LL dēficientia

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. deficiency(noun)ɪˈfɪʃ ən si

    a lack or shortage of sth

    a vitamin deficiency; deficiencies in the educational system


  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

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Translations for Deficiency

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a) shortage or absence of what is needed.

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