Definition of deficiency
2 : an amount that is lacking or inadequate : shortage <staffing deficiencies>: such asa : a shortage of substances necessary to health <a vitamin C deficiency> <hormone deficiencies>b genetics : deletion 2b(1)
Examples of deficiency in a sentence
The disease may be caused by nutritional deficiencies.
The book's major deficiency is its poor plot.
a deficiency of vitamin C
There are several deficiencies in his plan.
The accident was caused by deficiencies in the engine.
Origin and Etymology of deficiency
First Known Use: 1603
DEFICIENCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deficiency for English Language Learners
: a lack of something that is needed : the state of not having enough of something necessary
: a problem in the way something is made or formed
DEFICIENCY Defined for Kids
Definition of deficiency for Students
: the condition of being without something necessary and especially something required for health <a vitamin deficiency>
Legal Definition of deficiency
: an amount that is lacking or inadequate: as a : the difference between the amount of tax owed and the amount of tax paid b : the difference between the amount owed under a security agreement and the amount the creditor is able to recover upon default of the debtor by selling the collateral
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