Definition of lacking in English:


Syllabification: lack·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈlakiNG


  • 1Not available or in short supply: adequate resources and funds are both sadly lacking at present
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    • Even the seeds are partly or wholly lacking, and when present are very thin and small.
    • Reports of exactly what is happening or has happened in Tal Afar are lacking, and those that are available have little detail.
    • Police presence, which is lacking, should act as a deterrent for criminals.
  • 1.1(Of a quality) missing or absent: there was something lacking in our marriage
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    • All the qualities that were so sadly lacking seven days earlier were there in abundance against the Sky Blues.
    • Innovation is sorely lacking in so many areas of life, he said.
    • They knocked in a barrage of goals in the first two rounds, displaying a consistency sorely lacking in the past.
    absent, missing, nonexistent, unavailable
  • 1.2Deficient or inadequate: the students are not lacking in intellectual ability workers were asked in what way they found their managers lacking
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    • To be fair to the Tralee side they were not lacking in spirit and endeavour and they made the visitors fight every inch of the way.
    • Many Army barracks are overcrowded and lacking in modern amenities, such as air conditioning.
    • For someone so lacking in motivation, he has done quite well for himself.
    deficient, defective, inadequate, wanting, flawed, faulty, insufficient, unacceptable, impaired, imperfect, inferiorwithout, devoid of, bereft of; deficient in, low on, short on, in need of
    informal minus

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