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Meaning of INSUFFICIENCY

Pronunciation:  `insu'fishunsee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
  2. [n]  (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally
  3. [n]  a lack of competence; "pointed out the insufficiencies in my report"; "juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents"
 

INSUFFICIENCY is a 13 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: deficiency, inadequacy, inadequacy
 
 Antonyms: adequacy, sufficiency
 
 See Also: amount, cardiac insufficiency, coronary insufficiency, deficit, exiguity, failing, inability, meagerness, meagreness, poorness, renal insufficiency, scantiness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, shortfall, unfitness, weakness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\In`suf*fi"cien*cy\, n. [L. insufficientia: cf. F.
insuffisance, whence OE. insuffisance. See {Insufficient}.]
1. The quality or state of being insufficient; want of
   sufficiency; deficiency; inadequateness; as, the
   insufficiency of provisions, of an excuse, etc.

         The insufficiency of the light of nature is, by the
         light of Scripture, . . . fully supplied. --Hooker.

2. Want of power or skill; inability; incapacity;
   incompetency; as, the insufficiency of a man for an
   office.

 
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