deficient


1de·fi·cient

adjective \di-ˈfi-shənt\

: not having enough of something that is important or necessary

: not good enough : not as good as others

Full Definition of DEFICIENT

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

2deficient

noun

Definition of DEFICIENT

:  one that is deficient <a mental deficient>

First Known Use of DEFICIENT

1906

Rhymes with DEFICIENT

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