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lacking

American English: /ˈlækɪŋ/
British English: /ˈlakɪŋ/

adjective predicative

  • 1 (absent) the necessary resources are lacking
    faltan los recursos necesarios
    se carece de los recursos necesarios [formal]
    a sense of responsibility is sadly lacking among the staff
    lamentablemente hay falta de responsabilidad entre el personal
    what I found lacking in her article was …
    lo que eché en falta en su artículo fue …
  • 2 (deficient)to be lacking in something
    no tener algo
    carecer de algo [formal]
    he is completely lacking in tact
    no tiene nada de tacto
    carece del más mínimo tacto [formal]
    she's never lacking in suggestions
    siempre tiene algo que sugerir
    Example sentences
    • 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.
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