Definition of deficiency in English:

Share this entry

deficiency

Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nsi/

noun (plural deficiencies)

1A lack or shortage: deficiencies in material resources
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
insufficiency, lack, shortage, want, dearth, inadequacy, deficit, shortfall;
scarcity, scarceness, scantiness, paucity, absence, undersupply, sparseness, deprivation, meagreness, shortness
rare exiguity, exiguousness
1.1A failing or shortcoming: for all its deficiencies it remains his most powerful play
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.
Synonyms
defect, fault, flaw, imperfection, weakness, weak spot/point, inadequacy, shortcoming, limitation, failing
1.2The amount by which something, especially revenue, falls short; a deficit: a budget deficiency of $96 billion
More example sentences
  • Bouttell tells members that Yorkshire have budgeted for a deficiency in the current year of £389,000.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: de|fi¦ciency

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.