Definition of deficiency in English:

deficiency

Syllabification: de·fi·cien·cy
Pronunciation: /dəˈfiSHənsē
 
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noun (plural deficiencies)

1A lack or shortage: vitamin A deficiency in children
More example sentences
  • Sunscreen prevented sunlight from generating vitamin D in the skin, risking serious deficiencies in the long run.
  • Other risk factors include deficiencies in vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folic acid.
  • Like scurvy or pernicious anaemia, he puts it down to nutritional deficiencies in the modern diet: the lack of the essential vitamin B17.
Synonyms
1.1A failing or shortcoming: they did not like having the deficiencies of their city pointed out to them
More example sentences
  • For if you love someone greatly, your love will be great enough to tolerate his or her shortcomings or deficiencies.
  • Another remarkable feature Hu noticed in his early days in the city was the serious deficiency of work efficiency.
  • And the plant did not consistently produce potable water because of system failures and operational deficiencies.
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