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deficiency

 
Noun deficiency has 2 senses
  1. lack, deficiency, want - the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable; "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
    --1 is a kind of need, demand
    --1 has particulars:
     absence; dearth, famine, shortage; mineral deficiency; stringency, tightness
  2. insufficiency, inadequacy, deficiency - lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
    --2 is a kind of amount
    --2 has particulars:
     meagerness, meagreness, poorness, scantiness, scantness, exiguity; deficit, shortage, shortfall; scarcity, scarceness
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