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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: the condition or quality of not having something that is needed or required.
A vitamin deficiency has made her ill.
similar words:
failure, fault, lack, need, shortage, want
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.