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DEFICIENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deficient mean? 

DEFICIENT (adjective)
  The adjective DEFICIENT has 3 senses:

1. inadequate in amount or degree
2. of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
3. falling short of some prescribed norm

  Familiarity information: DEFICIENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFICIENT (adjective)


Sense 1deficient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inadequate in amount or degree

Synonyms:

deficient; lacking; wanting

Context examples:

a deficient education / deficient in common sense / lacking in stamina / tested and found wanting

Similar:

inadequate ((sometimes followed by 'to') not meeting the requirements especially of a task)


Sense 2deficient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

Synonyms:

insufficient; deficient

Context example:

insufficient funds

Similar:

shy (short)

scarce (not enough; hard to find)

light; scant; short (less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so)

lean; skimpy (containing little excess)

inadequate; poor; short (not sufficient to meet a need)

depleted; low (no longer sufficient)

too little (not enough)

Also:

meager; meagerly; meagre; scrimpy; stingy (deficient in amount or quality or extent)

Attribute:

quantity (an adequate or large amount)


Sense 3deficient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Falling short of some prescribed norm

Synonyms:

substandard; deficient; inferior

Context example:

substandard housing

Similar:

nonstandard (varying from or not adhering to a standard)


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