noun (plural insufficiencies)[mass noun]
- 1The condition of being insufficient: insufficiency of adequate housing [count noun]: there have been demands to redress such insufficienciesMore example sentences
- They should listen to and correct the players' insufficiencies.
- He defended German culture against its political appropriation by the Prussian and Austrian regimes, but criticized its insufficiencies, in Goethe, for example, who remained enthralled to the metaphysical tradition.
- Along with such developments, Valéry also addresses the question of the insufficiencies of literature stating among other things that ‘nothing has been written about love.’
- 1.1 Medicine The inability of an organ to perform its normal function: renal insufficiencyMore example sentences
- Methylergonovine should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with cardiac or peripheral vascular disease, or hepatic or renal insufficiency.
- As with other oral contraceptives, this product is contraindicated in women who have renal or hepatic insufficiency.
- No specific dosage adjustments are recommended for patients with hepatic or renal insufficiency because of the drug's minimal systemic absorption.
early 16th century (in the sense 'incompetence, inability'): from late Latin insufficientia, from in- 'not' + Latin sufficere 'be sufficient'.