What does deficient mean?

Definitions for deficientdɪˈfɪʃ ənt

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deficient, lacking(p), wanting(p)(adj)

    inadequate in amount or degree

    "a deficient education"; "deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina"; "tested and found wanting"

  2. insufficient, deficient(adj)

    of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

    "insufficient funds"

  3. deficient, inferior, substandard(adj)

    falling short of some prescribed norm

    "substandard housing"


  1. deficient(Adjective)

    Lacking something essential; often construed with in.

  2. deficient(Adjective)

    Insufficient or inadequate in amount.

  3. Origin: From deficiens, present participle of deficere; see defect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deficient(adj)

    wanting, to make up completeness; wanting, as regards a requirement; not sufficient; inadequate; defective; imperfect; incomplete; lacking; as, deficient parts; deficient estate; deficient strength; deficient in judgment

  2. Origin: [L. deficiens, -entis, p. pr. of deficere to be wanting. See Defect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deficient

    de-fish′ent, adj. wanting.—n. Defic′iency (sometimes Defic′ience), defect.—adv. Defic′iently.—ns. Defic′ientness; Def′icit, deficiency, esp. of revenue, as compared with expenditure. [L., deficĕre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deficient in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deficient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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