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English noun: insufficiency

1. insufficiency (state) a lack of competence

SamplesPointed out the insufficiencies in my report.
Juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents.


Broader (hypernym)failing, weakness

2. insufficiency (state) (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally

Broader (hypernym)inability, unfitness

Narrower (hyponym)cardiac insufficiency, coronary insufficiency

Domain categorypathology

3. insufficiency (attribute) lack of an adequate quantity or number

SamplesThe inadequacy of unemployment benefits.

Synonymsdeficiency, inadequacy

Broader (hypernym)amount

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

Antonymsadequacy, sufficiency

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