This view might have been considered rather tame than otherwise, deficient in what landscape painters call “life.”
Is there something, er, deficient about the type of guy who earns a living saving lives, succoring the sick, abetting the needy?
Like a physician, he should find the weak and deficient parts and build them up.
Sometimes he is sure she is deficient in understanding, and at others that her temper only is in fault.
And she admitted to herself that the mind of a woman was deficient when she failed to do justice to these performances.
By that good lady the Houris are said to be held in deficient esteem.
The inn was of a piece with all those at which we lodged in Dauphiné, deficient in everything for which an inn exists.
Not to be deficient in interest, Clennam asked what he might be doing there?
I confess that most of "Marmion," as also of the "Lady of the Lake," is tame to me, and deficient in high poetic genius.
He was agreeable, too agreeable; he certainly had not bad manners, but he was deficient in tact.
deficient de·fi·cient (dĭ-fĭsh'ənt)
Lacking an essential quality or element.
Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient.