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insufficiency

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Insufficiency \In'suf*fi"cien*cy\, noun [L. insufficientia: cf. F. insuffisance, whence OE. insuffisance. See {Insufficient}.]

1. The quality or state of being insufficient; lack of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequateness; as, the insufficiency of provisions, of an excuse, etc.

The insufficiency of the light of nature is, by the light of Scripture, . . . fully supplied. --Hooker.

2. Lack of power or skill; inability; incapacity; incompetency; as, the insufficiency of a man for an office.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

insufficiency

noun

1: a lack of competence; "pointed out the insufficiencies in my report"; "juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents" [syn: {insufficiency}, {inadequacy}]

2: (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally

3: lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits" [syn: {insufficiency}, {inadequacy}, {deficiency}] [ant: {adequacy}, {sufficiency}]


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