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Definitions for insufficiency
ˌɪn səˈfɪʃ ən siin·suf·fi·cien·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insufficiency, inadequacynoun

    a lack of competence

    "pointed out the insufficiencies in my report"; "juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents"

  2. insufficiencynoun

    (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally

  3. insufficiency, inadequacy, deficiencynoun

    lack of an adequate quantity or number

    "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"


  1. insufficiencynoun

    The lack of sufficiency; the shortage or inadequacy of.

    The troops went hungry because of the insufficiency of their supplies.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Insufficience, Insufficiencynoun

    Inadequateness to any end or purpose; want of requisite value or power: used of things and persons.

    Etymology: insufficience, Fr. in and sufficient.

    The minister's aptness or insufficiency, otherwise than by reading to instruct the flock, standeth in this place as a stranger, with whom our form of common prayer hath nothing to do. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    The insufficiency of the light of nature is, by the light of scripture, so fully supplied, that further light than this hath added, there doth not need unto that end. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    We will give you sleepy drinks, that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience, may, though they cannot praise us, as little accuse us. William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale.

    Till experience had discovered their defect and insufficiency, I did certainly conclude them to be infallible. John Wilkins.

    Consider the pleas made use of to this purpose, and shew the insufficiency and weakness of them. Francis Atterbury.


  1. insufficiency

    Insufficiency is the lack of adequate supply, amount, power, or capacity. It's a state or condition where something is not enough or inadequate to meet a certain demand or requirement. It could refer to a variety of contexts including insufficient resources, information, time, or health conditions related to organ insufficiency.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insufficiencynoun

    the quality or state of being insufficient; want of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequateness; as, the insufficiency of provisions, of an excuse, etc

  2. Insufficiencynoun

    want of power or skill; inability; incapacity; incompetency; as, the insufficiency of a man for an office

  3. Etymology: [L. insufficientia: cf. F. insuffisance, whence OE. insuffisance. See Insufficient.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. insufficiency

    The quality of being insufficient; want of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequateness; as, the insufficiency of provisions for a garrison.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insufficiency in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insufficiency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of insufficiency in a Sentence

  1. Siyar Guldiken:

    We couldn’t live and share our grief as much as we wanted to, this stemmed from the insufficiency of the measures.

  2. Aberjhani:

    Whereas the insufficiency of a love neither sustained nor supreme cannot be ignored, the same should not be taken as cause to avoid one’s total spiritual contractual engagement to this world.

  3. Jeremy Collier:

    There are few things reason can discover with so much certainty and ease as its own insufficiency.

  4. Robin Foroutan:

    What’s interesting is a B12 insufficiency or deficiency can look like a psychiatric disorder.

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    • A. abide
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