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Definition 1: of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • insufficient funds

Synonyms for deficient in the sense of this definition

(deficient is similar to ...) no longer sufficient

"supplies are low" "our funds are depleted"

(deficient is similar to ...) of insufficient quantity to meet a need

"an inadequate income" "a poor salary" "money is short" "on short rations" "food is in short supply" "short on experience" "the jejune diets of the very poor"

(deficient is similar to ...) containing little excess

"a lean budget" "a skimpy allowance"

(deficient is similar to ...) less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

"a light pound" "a scant cup of sugar" "regularly gives short weight"

(deficient is similar to ...) short

"eleven is one shy of a dozen"

(means also ...) deficient in amount or quality or extent

"meager resources" "meager fare"

(... are attributes of deficient) an adequate or large amount

"he had a quantity of ammunition"

Definition 2: inadequate in amount or degree - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • a deficient education
  • deficient in common sense
  • lacking in stamina
  • tested and found wanting

Synonyms for deficient in the sense of this definition

(deficient is similar to ...) lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

"inadequate training" "the staff was inadequate" "she was unequal to the task"

Definition 3: falling short of some prescribed norm - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • substandard housing

Synonyms for deficient in the sense of this definition

(deficient is similar to ...) varying from or not adhering to a standard

"nonstandard windows" "envelopes of nonstandard sizes" "nonstandard lengths of board"

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