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insufficiency

or insufficience

[in-suh-fish-uh n-see] /ˌɪn səˈfɪʃ ən si/
noun, plural insufficiencies for 2.
1.
deficiency in amount, force, power, competence, or fitness; inadequacy:
insufficiency of supplies.
2.
an instance of this.
3.
inability of an organ or other part of the body to function normally:
cardiac insufficiency.
Origin of insufficiency
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin insufficientia. See insufficient, -ency
Related forms
self-insufficiency, noun, plural self-insufficiencies.
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Examples from the Web for insufficiency
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  • We hear sometimes from legends of national migrations caused by insufficiency of food.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • And then the vanity of it, the cruelty and insufficiency of it!

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Where now he realized only his own inconsequence, effort would make him aware of his own impotency and insufficiency.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • But a serious drawback is the insufficiency and uncertainty of the rain supply.

  • Have you not often felt your own insufficiency to effect your own wishes in the commonest things?

    The Pathfinder James Fenimore Cooper
  • The only seasoning given our food was an insufficiency of salt.

    In the Flash Ranging Service Edward Alva Trueblood
  • Never before in her life had she been up against this problem of insufficiency.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • It is perhaps an exaggeration of the condition to call it "insufficiency and decay."

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • She was bitterly unhappy at first about this, taking it as an indication of the insufficiency of her charms.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • They too hastily confessed the insufficiency of arms and fortifications.

British Dictionary definitions for insufficiency

insufficiency

/ˌɪnsəˈfɪʃənsɪ/
noun
1.
Also called insufficience. the state of being insufficient
2.
(pathol) failure in the functioning of an organ, tissue, etc: cardiac insufficiency
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Word Origin and History for insufficiency
n.

1520s, from Late Latin insufficientia, noun of quality from insufficientem (see insufficient). Insufficience "deficiency" is from early 15c.

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insufficiency in Medicine

insufficiency in·suf·fi·cien·cy (ĭn'sə-fĭsh'ən-sē)
n.

  1. An inability of a bodily part or an organ to function normally.

  2. A moral or mental incompetence.

  3. An inadequate supply.

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