from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking an essential quality or element: deficient in common sense.
- adj. Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient: a deficient education.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lacking something essential; often construed with in.
- adj. Insufficient or inadequate in amount.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wanting, to make up completeness; wanting, as regards a requirement; not sufficient; inadequate; defective; imperfect; incomplete; lacking
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lacking; wanting; incomplete.
- Defective; imperfect; inadequate: as, deficient strength.
- Not having a full or adequate supply: as, the country is deficient in the means of carrying on war.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
- adj. falling short of some prescribed norm
- adj. inadequate in amount or degree
Exactly how much vitamin D children and adults should get, and defining when they are deficient, is under debate.
Because the thought that smokers are somehow mentally weak and that their lives are deficient is wrong.
Unsupervised children wandering around with soulless eyes and vitamin deficient skin.
Finally, with only 4-11 foot through lanes the tunnel is capacity deficient from the git-go.
Produced and directed by Hank Bedford, this short followed the extremely energetic (and possibly Ritalin deficient) road warrior gearing up for another summer of peddling educational books.
Furthermore, effective demand could not remain deficient for long without the central bank's taking the falling inflation rate as a signal to cut expected short-term real interest rates and thus to move by policy means the economy back toward the natural rate of unemployment.
Another area where I think automakers are unnecessarily deficient is A/C power.
A lady at Paris, Madame Caumartin, has a copy in which there is not a word deficient; but she obstinately refused to lend it that the others may be made complete.
Madame Caumartin, has a copy in which there is not a word deficient; but she obstinately refused to lend it that the others may be made complete.
An informed person might note that as the ranking members, and later, chairmen, of their respective banking committees, both gentlemen had a significant hand in forming the regulations they said were "deficient" - after the event.