AskDefine | Define deficiency

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1 the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable; "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" [syn: lack, want]
2 lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits" [syn: insufficiency, inadequacy] [ant: sufficiency, sufficiency]

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  1. Inadequacy or incompleteness.
  2. An insufficiency, especially of something essential to health.


inadequacy or incompleteness

Extensive Definition

A deficiency is a lack of something.
deficiency in German: Mangel
deficiency in Dutch: Deficiëntie
deficiency in Norwegian: Mangel

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