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Definitions and Synonyms of deficiency | Another word for deficiency | What is deficiency?

Definition 1: lack of an adequate quantity or number - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where deficiency or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the inadequacy of unemployment benefits

Synonyms for deficiency in the sense of this definition

(deficiency is a kind of ...) the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion

"an adequate amount of food for four people"

(... is a kind of deficiency ) the quality of being meager

"an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"

(... is a kind of deficiency ) the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required

"new blood vessels bud out from the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional deficit"

(... is a kind of deficiency ) a small and inadequate amount

(... is a kind of deficiency ) the quality of being slight or inadequate

"he knew the slenderness of my wallet" "the slenderness of the chances that anything would be done" "the slenderness of the evidence"

Definition 2: the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable - [noun denoting state]

Samples where deficiency or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there 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

Synonyms for deficiency in the sense of this definition

(deficiency is a kind of ...) a condition requiring relief

"she satisfied his need for affection" "God has no need of men to accomplish His work" "there is a demand for jobs"

(... is a kind of deficiency ) the state of being absent

"he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"

(... is a kind of deficiency ) an acute insufficiency

(... is a kind of deficiency ) a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

"the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory" "they have serious linguistic deficits"

(... is a kind of deficiency ) lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism

(... is a kind of deficiency ) the condition of being short of something

"there was no shortness of money" "can cause shortness of breath"

(... is a kind of deficiency ) a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit

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