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

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

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

  • the inadequacy of unemployment benefits

Synonyms for insufficiency in the sense of this definition

(insufficiency 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 insufficiency ) the quality of being meager

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

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

(... is a kind of insufficiency ) 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: (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally - [noun denoting state]

(insufficiency is a kind of ...) lacking the power to perform

(... is a kind of insufficiency ) inadequate blood flow to the heart muscles; can cause angina pectoris

(insufficiency belongs to category ...) the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases

Definition 3: a lack of competence - [noun denoting state]

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

  • pointed out the insufficiencies in my report
  • juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents

Synonyms for insufficiency in the sense of this definition

(insufficiency is a kind of ...) a flaw or weak point

"he was quick to point out his wife's failings"

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