MOST LACKING

lacking

[lak-ing]
preposition
1.
being without; not having; wanting; less: Lacking equipment, the laboratory couldn't undertake the research project.
adjective
2.
wanting; deficient: He was found lacking in stamina.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see lack, -ing2

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lack
c.1200, may have existed as unrecorded O.E. *lac or else it was borrowed from M.Du. lak "deficiency, fault;" in either case from P.Gmc. *laka- (cf. O.N. lakr "lacking"). The verb is attested earlier, late 12c., but is considered to be from the noun. Related: Lacking.
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