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deficiency Line breaks: de|fi¦ciency
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nsi/

Definition of deficiency in English:

noun (plural deficiencies)

1A lack or shortage: deficiencies in material resources
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  • 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.
1.1A failing or shortcoming: for all its deficiencies it remains his most powerful play
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  • 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.
1.2The amount by which something, especially revenue, falls short; a deficit: a budget deficiency of $96 billion
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  • Bouttell tells members that Yorkshire have budgeted for a deficiency in the current year of £389,000.
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