Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or state of being insufficient, especially.
  • noun Inadequate supply.
  • noun Inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally.
  • noun Moral or mental incompetence.
  • noun A failing; an inadequacy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Lack of sufficiency; deficiency in amount, force, or fitness; inadequateness; incompetency: as, insufficiency of supplies; insufficiency of motive.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being insufficient; lack of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequateness
  • noun Lack of power or skill; inability; incapacity; incompetency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The lack of sufficiency; a shortage or inadequacy.

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

  • noun lack of an adequate quantity or number
  • noun (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally
  • noun a lack of competence

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Examples

  • Pancreatic insufficiency is one cause of fat malabsorption.

    The Pancreas and Alagille Syndrome

  • A feeling of insecurity or of insufficiency is a hard thing to deal with, I will say I forgive you now for anything evil you might post about Seattle.

    Weather again

  • Tricuspid insufficiency is usually an acquired defect, and not generally listed in textbooks as a congential cardiac anomaly in and of itself, but usually in conjunction with other cardiac anomalies.

    Archive 2003-06-01

  • Tricuspid insufficiency is usually an acquired defect, and not generally listed in textbooks as a congential cardiac anomaly in and of itself, but usually in conjunction with other cardiac anomalies.

    Medpundit

  • The sense of his insufficiency was the more vexatious to Mowbray, as he was aware he would find sharp critics in the ladies, and particularly in his constant rival, Lady Penelope Penfeather.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Some health care providers also use the term ovarian insufficiency to describe this condition.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • Some health care providers also use the term ovarian insufficiency to describe this condition.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • Some health care providers also use the term ovarian insufficiency to describe this condition.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • Some health care providers also use the term ovarian insufficiency to describe this condition.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • Cervical insufficiency, which is what we call it when the cervix inexplicably shortens early in pregnancy, is a silent problem without symptoms rarely women report an increase in vaginal discharge.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

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