Definition of Deficient

1. Adjective. Inadequate in amount or degree. "Tested and found wanting"

Exact synonyms: Lacking, Wanting
Similar to: Inadequate, Unequal
Derivative terms: Deficiency



2. Adjective. Of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement. "Insufficient funds"
Exact synonyms: Insufficient
Attributes: Quantity
Also: Meager, Meagerly, Meagre, Scrimpy, Stingy
Similar to: Depleted, Low, Inadequate, Poor, Short, Lean, Skimpy, Light, Scant, Short, Shy
Derivative terms: Deficiency, Insufficiency
Antonyms: Sufficient

3. Adjective. Falling short of some prescribed norm. "Substandard housing"
Exact synonyms: Inferior, Substandard
Similar to: Nonstandard
Derivative terms: Deficiency, Inferiority

Definition of Deficient

1. a. Wanting, to make up completeness; wanting, as regards a requirement; not sufficient; inadequate; defective; imperfect; incomplete; lacking; as, deficient parts; deficient estate; deficient strength; deficient in judgment.

Definition of Deficient

1. Adjective. Lacking something essential; ''often construed with'' in''. ¹

2. Adjective. Insufficient or inadequate in amount. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Deficient

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Deficient

1. Wanting, to make up completeness; wanting, as regards a requirement; not sufficient; inadequate; defective; imperfect; incomplete; lacking; as, deficient parts; deficient estate; deficient strength; deficient in judgment. "The style was indeed deficient in ease and variety." (Macaulay) Deficient number. See Abundant. Defi"cient-ly. Origin: L. Deficiens, -entis, p. Pr. Of deficere to be wanting. See Defect. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deficient

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Literary usage of Deficient

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1. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas ( Hobbes (1845)
"deficient figure made by a quantity decreasing to nothing by proportions proportional ... the magnitudes of all deficient figures, whose bases decrease in ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"The eight vitamin E- deficient rats died of pulmonary edema after 360 to 410 ... The animals given the vitamin E- deficient diet weighed somewhat less than ..."

3. The Montessori method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in by Maria Montessori, Henry Wyman Holmes (1912)
"The difference in the reaction between deficient and normal children, ... With thè deficient child, it would be necessary to begin with exercises in which ..."

4. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1823)
"... is ^at of banishment, when be deficient the locus a quo (or place the party is ... deficient ..."

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