Definition of lacking in US English:

lacking

adjective

  • 1predicative Not available or in short supply.

    ‘adequate resources and funds are both sadly lacking at present’
    • ‘What is lacking is the will by governments to feed the hungry, and the concern by enough of their citizens to force them to do so.’
    • ‘The danger of an epidemic here is high, as sanitation is simply lacking.’
    • ‘This can serve as a fillip to activate and develop community spirit, so sadly lacking in the country.’
    • ‘Evidence is lacking as to whether breast examinations can reduce breast cancer mortality.’
    • ‘We live in a society today where spiritual, moral and ethical values are lacking amongst our people.’
    • ‘I know nothing of Camilla - except that wise influences on Charles seem lacking.’
    • ‘It exposed local musical talent and encouraged a community spirit often lacking in other towns.’
    • ‘What seems to be lacking right now is a national consensus about what it means to battle terrorism.’
    • ‘Also, the kind of good governance needed for a long term regional vision was lacking.’
    • ‘Police presence, which is lacking, should act as a deterrent for criminals.’
    • ‘Even the seeds are partly or wholly lacking, and when present are very thin and small.’
    • ‘The only thing that's lacking here is running water, so the recommended way to cool down between sweat sessions is to take a snow bath.’
    • ‘So much is lacking here that the society does seem truly horrible, even if its people are superficially happy.’
    • ‘TV coverage is lacking for both competitions, and the Elite League has not delivered the sponsors it was set up to serve.’
    • ‘Despite his excitement, there are few things Ignaciuk finds lacking in his life in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Reports of exactly what is happening or has happened in Tal Afar are lacking, and those that are available have little detail.’
    • ‘What is lacking is the vision and the statesmanship necessary to make that vision a reality.’
    • ‘Anti-car policies, on the other hand, are still painfully lacking in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Such information is often sorely lacking in many accounts, although one mistake was encountered.’
    • ‘Storage space for such a quantity of oil is presently lacking, and new facilities may need to be built.’
    1. 1.1 (of a quality) missing or absent.
      ‘there was something lacking in our marriage’
      • ‘However, that said, I have to say there's something lacking from previous releases.’
      • ‘They knocked in a barrage of goals in the first two rounds, displaying a consistency sorely lacking in the past.’
      • ‘However, what's lacking here is the very same thing that made his early films so effective, the mirror held up to the audience.’
      • ‘What is grossly lacking, as much from the Right as from the Left, is any living sense of that.’
      • ‘Not that those readings were so terrible, he adds - he just felt something lacking.’
      • ‘Such a universality was lacking in Malayalam films that had come up for the competition, says Prasad.’
      • ‘The medical trial will focus on providing a replacement for the chemical that is lacking in the sufferers of Battens Disease.’
      • ‘Whelehan's clever flick found Hughes but urgency was still lacking and Kelly once more got in the way.’
      • ‘What is lacking in local government is a truly independent tribunal.’
      • ‘A chiming grandfather clock is all that is lacking to complete a scene redolent of a bygone era framed by stuffiness and reserve.’
      • ‘All the qualities that were so sadly lacking seven days earlier were there in abundance against the Sky Blues.’
      • ‘Could it be due to something lacking during the growing period?’
      • ‘In an increasingly impersonal age, swords provide the human touch which is so lacking in guns.’
      • ‘I can hear the excitement in his voice when he's talking about things and it's been sadly lacking in his voice of late.’
      • ‘High quality technical school alternatives are also provided, a feature mostly lacking in Great Britain.’
      • ‘Confidence in the future of the Social Security system has been lacking for a long time.’
      • ‘Innovation is sorely lacking in so many areas of life, he said.’
      • ‘The story is what grabs your attention here, and it's one well worth following, told with a light touch often lacking in games.’
      • ‘In the case of the War On Terrorism, this clarity has been lacking from the beginning.’
      • ‘The features are good, and the resulting weblogs perfectly workable: but something is lacking here.’
      absent, missing, non-existent, not present, unavailable, not to be found
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    2. 1.2 Deficient or inadequate.
      ‘the students are not lacking in intellectual ability’
      ‘workers were asked in what way they found their managers lacking’
      • ‘Many Army barracks are overcrowded and lacking in modern amenities, such as air conditioning.’
      • ‘For someone so lacking in motivation, he has done quite well for himself.’
      • ‘Is Unionism so lacking in confidence that it can't even argue its case effectively?’
      • ‘Unfortunately it has the least lumen output of all projectors tested and we found the manual zoom somewhat lacking.’
      • ‘UK workers are apathetic and lacking in skills according to a bunch of highly-skilled and very driven management bods.’
      • ‘The ending is also a big disappointment, completely lacking in creativity and daring.’
      • ‘Only the most inept of dramatists could deliver a romance so completely lacking in depth and subtlety.’
      • ‘The research based data is lacking regarding the psychological effects on the family, patient, and resuscitation team.’
      • ‘As a marketing tool it seems distinctly lacking to me.’
      • ‘So far you have been sadly lacking in that department.’
      • ‘To be fair to the Tralee side they were not lacking in spirit and endeavour and they made the visitors fight every inch of the way.’
      • ‘While an outstanding work, there are a couple of areas where I found the coverage somewhat lacking.’
      • ‘Her failure will be because people took a look at the content of her character and found it lacking.’
      • ‘I feel so jaded, so lacking in confidence.’
      • ‘The current wave of metal has been widely criticized as lacking in originality and differentiation.’
      • ‘He was, in fact, a cruel dictator and his regime was " lacking in compassion".’
      • ‘I'm still severely lacking in self confidence but getting there.’
      • ‘Labelling is more comprehensive, though still lacking in detail.’
      • ‘The sound quality is very reasonable, although perhaps lacking in the treble department.’
      • ‘Although I found it unsatisfying and lacking in credibility, the female friend with whom I watched it enjoyed it.’
      deficient, defective, inadequate, wanting, limited, flawed, faulty, insufficient, unacceptable, impaired, imperfect, second-rate, restricted, inferior
      without, devoid of, bereft of, bankrupt of, destitute of, empty of, deprived of, free from, free of
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Pronunciation

lacking

/ˈlakiNG//ˈlækɪŋ/