deficient


deficient

adjective

  1. lacking some element or characteristic; defective: deficient in taste.
  2. insufficient; inadequate: deficient knowledge.

noun

  1. a person who is deficient, especially one who is mentally defective.

adjective

  1. lacking some essential; incomplete; defective
  2. inadequate in quantity or supply; insufficient
adj.

1580s, from Latin deficientem (nominative deficiens), present participle of deficere “to desert, revolt, fail,” from de- “down, away” (see de-) + facere “to do, perform” (see factitious).

adj.

  1. Lacking an essential quality or element.
  2. Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient.

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