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1. deficiency

noun. ['dɪˈfɪʃənsi'] the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable.

Synonyms

  • famine
  • demand
  • shortness
  • stringency
  • mineral deficiency
  • deficit
  • absence
  • lack
  • need
  • tightness
  • dearth
  • want

Antonyms

  • wealth
  • fruitfulness
  • superiority
  • high quality

Etymology

  • -ency (English)
  • deficit (English)
  • déficit (French)

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Words that Rhyme with Deficiency

  • self-sufficiency
  • proficiency
  • inefficiency
  • sufficiency
  • efficiency

Example sentences of the word deficiency


1. Noun, singular or mass
If you have a low hemoglobin count, you might be suffering from an iron deficiency problem.

Quotes containing the word deficiency


1. My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.
- Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

2. The chief deficiency I see in the skeptical movement is its polarization: Us vs. Them — the sense that we have a monopoly on the truth; that those other people who believe in all these stupid doctrines are morons; that if you're sensible, you'll listen to us; and if not, to hell with you. This is nonconstructive. It does not get our message across. It condemns us to permanent minority status.
- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

2. deficiency

noun. ['dɪˈfɪʃənsi'] lack of an adequate quantity or number.

Synonyms

  • shortfall
  • meagerness
  • exiguity
  • inadequacy
  • deficit
  • meagreness
  • poorness
  • leanness
  • scantiness
  • insufficiency
  • scarcity
  • amount
  • scarceness
  • scantness
  • slenderness

Antonyms

  • sufficiency
  • abundance
  • satisfactoriness
  • lead

Etymology

  • -ency (English)
  • deficit (English)
  • déficit (French)
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