Deficient meaning

dĭ-fĭsh'ənt
Lacking an essential quality or element.

Deficient in common sense.

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A deficient person or thing.
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Lacking something essential; often construed with in.
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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.

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Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient.

A deficient education.

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Lacking in some essential; incomplete; defective.
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Inadequate in amount, quality, or degree; not sufficient.
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Origin of deficient

  • Latin dēficiēns dēficient- present participle of dēficere to fail, be wanting defect
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin deficiens, present participle of deficere (“to lack, fail, be wanting”); see defect.
    From Wiktionary