Deficiency meaning

dĭ-fĭsh'ən-sē
The definition of a deficiency is something that is lacking, or something that isn't sufficient or good enough.

When you do not get enough education, this is an example of something that can be seen as a deficiency when you are looking for a job.

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The quality or condition of being deficient; incompleteness or inadequacy.
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A lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health.

A nutritional deficiency.

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The quality or state of being deficient; absence of something essential; incompleteness.
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The amount of shortage; deficit.
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(uncountable) Inadequacy or incompleteness.
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(countable) An insufficiency, especially of something essential to health.
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(geometry) The amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree.
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A shortage.
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Origin of deficiency

deficit +‎ -ency