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English adjective: deficient

1. deficient inadequate in amount or degree


SamplesA deficient education.
Deficient in common sense.
Lacking in stamina.
Tested and found wanting.


Synonymslacking, wanting


Similarinadequate, unequal


Antonymsadequate, equal

2. deficient of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement


SamplesInsufficient funds.


Synonymsinsufficient


Similardepleted, inadequate, lean, light, low, poor, scant, short, short, shy, skimpy


See alsomeager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy


Attributequantity


Antonymssufficient

3. deficient falling short of some prescribed norm


SamplesSubstandard housing.


Synonymsinferior, substandard


Similarnonstandard


Antonymsstandard









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