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deficient

[dih-fish-uhnt]
adjective
1.
lacking some element or characteristic; defective: deficient in taste.
2.
insufficient; inadequate: deficient knowledge.
noun
3.
a person who is deficient, especially one who is mentally defective.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin dēficient- (stem of dēficiēns, present participle of dēficere to fail, run short, lack, weaken), equivalent to dē- de- + fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + thematic -i- + -ent- -ent

deficiently, adverb
nondeficient, adjective
nondeficiently, adverb
predeficient, adjective
predeficiently, adverb
undeficient, adjective
undeficiently, adverb
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deficient (dɪˈfɪʃənt)
 
adj
1.  lacking some essential; incomplete; defective
2.  inadequate in quantity or supply; insufficient
 
[C16: from Latin dēficiēns lacking, from dēficere to fall short; see defect]
 
de'ficiently
 
adv

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deficient
1580s, from L. deficientem (nom. deficiens), prp. of deficere "to desert, fail," from de- "down, away" + facere "to do, perform" (see factitious).
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deficient de·fi·cient (dĭ-fĭsh'ənt)
adj.

  1. Lacking an essential quality or element.

  2. Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient.

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