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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.


Synonymsinadequacy


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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