from The Century Dictionary.

  • Wanting; deficient; absent; missing: not used attributively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Prov. Scot. & Eng. Missing; wanting.

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  • adjective missing; wanting, deficient, absent


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a- + wanting


  • But Middlemas resolved not to be awanting to himself.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • She set off to Edinburgh to get what was awanting for his outfit, and shortly afterwards received melancholy news from the Highlands.


  • β€œAnd mine also was not awanting,” said Oliver Proudfute,

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • A second knock brought no reply from within the house; but caused a woman over the way to look out and inquire who that was, awanting Mrs

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • Yet the usual signs of approach to an enormous city were awanting β€” dwarfed trees, market-gardens, cockney arbours, in which citizens smoke their pipes in the evening, and imagine themselves in Arcadia, rows of small houses, and a murky canopy of smoke.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Jesters and jugglers were not awanting, nor was the occasion of the assembly supposed to render the exercise of their profession indecorous or improper.


  • In proof of this important fact we have seen, that when this object is successfully gained, all the previous steps have been homologated and confirmed; whereas, whenever this crowning operation is awanting, all the preceding labour of the pupil becomes useless and vain, his knowledge gradually melts from the memory, and is ultimately lost.

    A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education

  • The cause and the effect invariably follow each other both in old and young; for whenever a new idea is perceived and reiterated by the pupil, -- if it should be but once, -- the knowledge of the child is to that extent increased; but whenever this act of the mind is awanting, there can be no additional information received; -- the increase of knowledge is found to be impossible.

    A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education

  • And yet -- and yet -- in that sorrow-free existence that he promised, might there not still be something awanting to one who had once known tears?

    A Book of Myths

  • If this object can be successfully attained, then the proper means for the intellectual improvement of the child are secured; but as long as it is awanting, his mental cultivation is either left to chance, or to the capricious decision of his own will; -- for experience shews, that although a child may be compelled to read, or to repeat the

    A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education


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