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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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