insufficiency

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noun in·suf·fi·cien·cy \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈfi-shən(t)-sē \

Definition of insufficiency

plural insufficiencies
1 :the quality or state of being insufficient: such as
a :lack of mental or moral fitness :incompetence
  • the insufficiency of this person for public office
b :lack of adequate supply
  • insufficiency of provisions
c :lack of physical power or capacity; especially :inability of an organ or body part to function normally
  • renal insufficiency
2 :something that is insufficient or falls short of expectations

Examples of insufficiency in a Sentence

  1. dealt with the school's insufficiency of art supplies by buying materials out of her own pocket

  2. her alleged insufficiency for the job

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First Known Use of insufficiency

1526


Medical Dictionary

insufficiency

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noun in·suf·fi·cien·cy \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈfish-ən-sē \

medical Definition of insufficiency

plural insufficiencies
:the quality or state of not being sufficient: as
a :lack of adequate supply of something
  • an insufficiency of vitamins
b :lack of physical power or capacity; especially :inability of an organ or bodily part to function normally
  • renal insufficiency
  • pulmonary insufficiency

insufficient

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    • insufficient blood flow to the brain


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