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Pronunciation:  di'fishunsee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
  2. [n]  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"

DEFICIENCY is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, want
 Antonyms: adequacy, sufficiency
 See Also: absence, amount, dearth, deficit, demand, exiguity, famine, meagerness, meagreness, mineral deficiency, need, poorness, scantiness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, shortage, shortfall, stringency, tightness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*fi"cien*cy\, n.; pl. {Deficiencies}. [See
The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure;
imperfection; shortcoming; defect. ``A deficiency of blood.''

      [Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his
      deficiencies made him the ridicule of his
      contemporaries.                          --Buckle.

{Deficiency of a curve} (Geom.), the amount by which the
   number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum
   for curves of the same degree.

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