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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deficiency mean? 

  The noun DEFICIENCY has 2 senses:

1. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
2. lack of an adequate quantity or number

  Familiarity information: DEFICIENCY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1deficiency [BACK TO TOP]


The state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


deficiency; lack; want

Context examples:

there is a serious lack of insight into the problem / water is the critical deficiency in desert regions / for want of a nail the shoe was lost

Hypernyms ("deficiency" is a kind of...):

demand; need (a condition requiring relief)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deficiency"):

shortness (the condition of being short of something)

mineral deficiency (lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism)

deficit (a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning)

dearth; famine; shortage (an acute insufficiency)

absence (the state of being absent)

stringency; tightness (a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit)

Sense 2deficiency [BACK TO TOP]


Lack of an adequate quantity or number

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


inadequacy; deficiency; insufficiency

Context example:

the inadequacy of unemployment benefits

Hypernyms ("deficiency" is a kind of...):

amount (how much of something is available)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deficiency"):

exiguity; leanness; meagerness; meagreness; poorness; scantiness; scantness (the quality of being meager)

deficit; shortage; shortfall (the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required)

scarceness; scarcity (a small and inadequate amount)

slenderness (the quality of being slight or inadequate)

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