The definition of deficient is a person of thing that is incomplete or lacking something needed.
An example of deficient is a person who does not have enought iron; the person is iron deficient.
- lacking in some essential; incomplete; defective
- inadequate in amount, quality, or degree; not sufficient
Origin of deficientClassical Latin deficiens: see deficiency
a deficient person or thing
- Lacking an essential quality or element: deficient in common sense.
- Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient: a deficient education.
Origin of deficientLatin dēficiēns dēficient- present participle of dēficere to fail, be wanting ; see defect .
(comparative more deficient, superlative most deficient)
OriginSee also: déficient