from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being inadequate.
  • n. An instance of being inadequate; a failing or lack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being inadequate
  • n. a shortage of required material
  • n. a lack of competence or ability

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being inadequate or insufficient; defectiveness; insufficiency; inadequateness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being inadequate, insufficient, or disproportionate; incompleteness; defectiveness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lack of an adequate quantity or number
  • n. a lack of competence
  • n. unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate


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