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Insufficiency and Deficiency Definitions

Insufficiency

Inadequate supply
An insufficiency of funds.

Deficiency

The quality or condition of being deficient; incompleteness or inadequacy.

Insufficiency

Inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally
Cardiac insufficiency.

Deficiency

A lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health
A nutritional deficiency.

Insufficiency

Moral or mental incompetence.
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Deficiency

(uncountable) Inadequacy or incompleteness.

Insufficiency

A failing; an inadequacy
Pointed out the insufficiencies in my report.

Deficiency

(countable) An insufficiency, especially of something essential to health.

Insufficiency

The lack of sufficiency; a shortage or inadequacy.
The troops went hungry because of the insufficiency of their supplies.

Deficiency

(geometry) The amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree.
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Insufficiency

The quality or state of being insufficient; lack of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequateness; as, the insufficiency of provisions, of an excuse, etc.
The insufficiency of the light of nature is, by the light of Scripture, . . . fully supplied.

Deficiency

(geometry) The codimension of a linear system in the corresponding complete linear system.

Insufficiency

Lack of power or skill; inability; incapacity; incompetency; as, the insufficiency of a man for an office.

Deficiency

The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure; imperfection; shortcoming; defect.
[Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his deficiencies made him the ridicule of his contemporaries.

Insufficiency

A lack of competence;
Pointed out the insufficiencies in my report
Juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents

Deficiency

The state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;
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

Insufficiency

(pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally

Deficiency

Lack of an adequate quantity or number;
The inadequacy of unemployment benefits

Insufficiency

Lack of an adequate quantity or number;
The inadequacy of unemployment benefits

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