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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jack Jacoub:

    Its not enough to know you’re iron deficient, the question is why?

  2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.

  3. Andrew Marr:

    It’s highly individualized; no two people are the same, whatever you’re found to be deficient or insufficient in, that’s what we’re going to replace.

  4. Danine Fruge:

    It's very easy to get enough magnesium. I think the reason so many people are deficient is because a lot of food and drink can make magnesium unavailable to their bodies.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Never ever fall short of true love i.e. never be deficient of true love. Rather, be saturated with true love and remain saturated with it. For, you ought to be loveful and never hateful.

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