deficiency

[[t]dɪfɪ̱ʃ(ə)nsi[/t]]
deficiencies
1) N-VAR: with supp Deficiency in something, especially something that your body needs, is not having enough of it.

They did blood tests on him for signs of vitamin deficiency...

There are serious deficiencies in the numbers of suitable aircraft.

2) N-VAR: with supp A deficiency that someone or something has is a weakness or imperfection in them. [FORMAL]

The most serious deficiency in Nato's air defence is the lack of an identification system to distinguish friend from foe.

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  • deficiency — de·fi·cien·cy /di fi shən sē/ n pl cies: 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… …   Law dictionary

  • Deficiency — De*fi cien*cy, n.; pl. {Deficiencies}. [See {Deficient}.] The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure; imperfection; shortcoming; defect. A deficiency of blood. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] [Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deficiency — deficiency. См. дефишиенси. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • deficiency — 1630s, from deficience (mid 15c.) + CY (Cf. cy); or from L.L. deficientia, from deficientem (see DEFICIENT (Cf. deficient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • deficiency — *imperfection, shortcoming, fault Analogous words: *lack, want, dearth, defect: flaw, *blemish: *failure, neglect, default, miscarriage, dereliction Antonyms: excess …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deficiency — [n] imperfection, inadequacy absence, bug*, dearth, defalcation, default, defect, deficit, demerit, dereliction, failing, failure, fault, flaw, frailty, glitch*, inability to hack it*, insufficience, insufficiency, lack, loss, need, neglect,… …   New thesaurus

  • deficiency — ► NOUN (pl. deficiencies) 1) a lack or shortage. 2) a failing or shortcoming …   English terms dictionary

  • deficiency — [dē fish′ən sē, difish′ən sē] n. [ME deficience < LL deficientia < L deficiens, prp. of deficere to lack, fail < de , from + facere, to DO1] 1. the quality or state of being deficient; absence of something essential; incompleteness 2. pl …   English World dictionary

  • deficiency — A lack, shortage, or insufficiency. The amount by which the tax properly due exceeds the sum of the amount of tax shown on a taxpayer s return plus amounts previously assessed or collected as a deficiency, less any credits, refunds or other… …   Black's law dictionary

  • deficiency — A lack, shortage, or insufficiency. The amount by which the tax properly due exceeds the sum of the amount of tax shown on a taxpayer s return plus amounts previously assessed or collected as a deficiency, less any credits, refunds or other… …   Black's law dictionary

  • deficiency — The amount by which a project s cash flow is not adequate to meet debt service. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * deficiency UK US /dɪˈfɪʃənsi/ noun [C] (plural deficiencies) ► [C] a situation in which something is not as good as it should be …   Financial and business terms

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