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insufficiency

in·suf·fi·cien·cy

insufficiency

pronunciation:
In s fI shn si
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: insufficiencies
definition 1: the quality or condition of being insufficient; deficiency; lack.
antonyms:
sufficiency
similar words:
defect, failure, need, poverty, scarcity
definition 2: failure of a body part, such as a heart valve, to function normally or adequately.
Word Parts
The word insufficiency 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.