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deficiency

de·fi·cien·cy

deficiency

 
pronunciation:
dih fI shn si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: deficiencies
definition 1: the quality or condition of lacking something required; insufficiency or incompleteness.
antonyms:
excess, strength
similar words:
crunch, defect, failure, fault, lack, need, poverty, scarcity, shortage, want
definition 2: the amount lacking; shortfall.
antonyms:
excess, surplus
similar words:
lack
Word Parts
The word deficiency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.