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 deficienciesb 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.
Recent Examples of deficiency from the Web
This timeline traces the long and troubled history of safety deficiencies at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility by detailing the timing of some 40 government reports and expert presentations spanning the past 11 years.
In 2013, Kaiser agreed to pay a $4 million fine for several deficiencies in the plan’s delivery of mental health services — one of the largest ever paid by an insurer in the state.
That gave the Hawks brass plenty of time to discuss the glaring deficiency on the blue line, where Bowman's decisions have resulted in the Hawks losing Trevor van Riemsdyk in the expansion draft and trading their best pure defender in Hjalmarsson.
This year, the cabinet attempted to revoke EMW's license and close the clinic, also citing alleged deficiencies with its transfer agreements.
More African American patients died of respiratory illness like tuberculosis, which suggest overcrowding, and nutritional disease like pellagra, a vitamin B deficiency.
Those game-breakers masked other deficiencies on offense, most notably Miami’s dreadful third-down conversion rate (36.7 percent, eighth-worst in football).
That intolerance occurs in some people of Mediterranean or African origin who have a G6PD (Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) genetic deficiency.
Patent leather is great for adding some sequin-free shine to your nighttime look, not that shine-deficiency is much of an issue when your name is Elisa Benson and your hair is essentially made of spun gold.
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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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