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English noun: deficiency

1. deficiency (state) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable


SamplesThere 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.


Synonymslack, want


Broader (hypernym)demand, need


Narrower (hyponym)absence, dearth, deficit, famine, mineral deficiency, shortage, shortness, stringency, tightness

2. deficiency (attribute) lack of an adequate quantity or number


SamplesThe inadequacy of unemployment benefits.


Synonymsinadequacy, insufficiency


Broader (hypernym)amount


Narrower (hyponym)deficit, exiguity, leanness, meagerness, meagreness, poorness, scantiness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, shortfall, slenderness


Antonymsadequacy, sufficiency









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