Definition of deficiency in US English:

deficiency

noun

  • 1A lack or shortage.

    ‘vitamin A deficiency in children’
    • ‘In many of the lesser developed countries of Central America, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals are a problem.’
    • ‘Like scurvy or pernicious anaemia, he puts it down to nutritional deficiencies in the modern diet: the lack of the essential vitamin B17.’
    • ‘As the deficiency worsens children become pale and weak, eat less, and tire easily.’
    • ‘This condition was caused by taking insulin and failing to eat which gave rise to a deficiency of blood sugar causing the appellant to be unaware of what he was doing.’
    • ‘Folic acid is especially important for women of childbearing age, as deficiencies of this nutrient have been linked with birth defects.’
    • ‘Yang deficiency unsuccessfully controls water, so there is profuse and clear urine.’
    • ‘It is being run against the background of growing incidences of crop problems and, in some cases, crop failures due to deficiencies of lime and trace elements.’
    • ‘The new rules will mean replacing synthetic amino acids used to offset deficiencies in the hen's vegetarian diet with a natural alternative.’
    • ‘Other risk factors include deficiencies in vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folic acid.’
    • ‘Failure to meet this increased demand can result in a deficiency.’
    • ‘Scientists believe the normally docile beasts are eating the baby birds to make up for deficiencies in their diet on Rum, or even using them as a form of medicine.’
    • ‘Boron deficiency is the most widespread of all the micronutrient deficiencies in many crop regions from tropical to temperate zones.’
    • ‘The liver can store up to six years worth of vitamin B 12, hence deficiencies in this vitamin are rare.’
    • ‘Soy foods cause deficiencies in calcium and Vitamin D, which are essential for strong bones.’
    • ‘Sunscreen prevented sunlight from generating vitamin D in the skin, risking serious deficiencies in the long run.’
    insufficiency, lack, shortage, want, dearth, inadequacy, deficit, shortfall
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    1. 1.1 A failing or shortcoming.
      ‘they did not like having the deficiencies of their city pointed out to them’
      • ‘Empire expected that the defects and deficiencies would be rectified.’
      • ‘Historically, teams were willing to carry accurate kickers with weaker legs because their deficiencies weren't as glaring.’
      • ‘Although examples of good practice do exist in some areas, 10 serious deficiencies remain.’
      • ‘If we later find that a defaulted loan has an underwriting deficiency, we may ask the lender to repurchase the loan.’
      • ‘What they call deficiencies and faults of the management of administrative agencies are necessary properties.’
      • ‘Another remarkable feature Hu noticed in his early days in the city was the serious deficiency of work efficiency.’
      • ‘Most of the deficiencies involved failure to clean fingernails and to scrub for the required amount of time.’
      • ‘The print used was in remarkable shape as there are very few noticeable flaws or deficiencies.’
      • ‘The unit showed significant improvement over 1998 but deficiencies remain.’
      • ‘Failure to address its leadership deficiencies could result in the party being out of office for as long as it was from 1846 to 1866.’
      • ‘It is customary in this House to have a bill, after each election and before the next, to tidy up any areas in which there are deficiencies or imperfections.’
      • ‘An important deficiency of the act, however, was its failure to implement a standardised, routine data set for monitoring care plans.’
      • ‘And the plant did not consistently produce potable water because of system failures and operational deficiencies.’
      • ‘The findings confirm that although the system does identify most breaches, deficiencies remain that need to be addressed.’
      • ‘They described their role as similar to that of the media, in that they report deficiencies but have no real authority to manage the city.’
      • ‘It is often our emotional weaknesses and deficiencies that cause our portfolios to fail, and not - as many like to think - because the market isn't rising.’
      • ‘It is hard to fault the players, whatever their individual deficiencies.’
      • ‘For if you love someone greatly, your love will be great enough to tolerate his or her shortcomings or deficiencies.’
      • ‘The purchaser provided a lengthy list of defects and deficiencies to the vendor on October 23, 1996.’
      • ‘Remaining deficiencies are entirely the writer's own.’
      defect, fault, flaw, imperfection, weakness, weak point, weak spot, inadequacy, shortcoming, limitation, failing
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Pronunciation

deficiency

/dəˈfiSHənsē//dəˈfɪʃənsi/