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adjective de·fi·cient \di-ˈfi-shənt\

Simple Definition of deficient

  • : not having enough of something that is important or necessary

  • : not good enough : not as good as others

Full Definition of deficient

  1. 1 :  lacking in some necessary quality or element <deficient in judgment>

  2. 2 :  not up to a normal standard or complement :  defective <deficient strength>

de·fi·cient·ly adverb

Examples of deficient

  1. Several bridges in the city are structurally deficient.

  2. <a diet deficient in calcium can lead to weak bones>



Origin of deficient

Latin deficient-, deficiens, present participle of deficere to be wanting — more at defect


First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with deficient


2

deficient

noun de·fi·cient

Definition of deficient

  1. :  one that is deficient <a mental deficient>



1906

First Known Use of deficient

1906


DEFICIENT Defined for Kids

deficient

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adjective de·fi·cient \di-ˈfi-shənt\

Definition of deficient

  1. :  lacking something necessary for completeness or health <Her diet is deficient in proteins.>





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