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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deficiency  \De*fi"cien*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Deficiencies}.  [See 
  {Deficient}.] 
  The  state  of  being  deficient;  inadequacy;  want  failure; 
  imperfection;  shortcoming;  defect.  ``A  deficiency  of  blood.'' 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  [Marlborough]  was  so  miserably  ignorant,  that  his 
  deficiencies  made  him  the  ridicule  of  his 
  contemporaries.  --Buckle. 
 
  {Deficiency  of  a  curve}  (Geom.),  the  amount  by  which  the 
  number  of  double  points  on  a  curve  is  short  of  the  maximum 
  for  curves  of  the  same  degree. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deficiency 
  n  1:  the  state  of  needing  something  that  is  absent  or 
  unavailable;  "there  is  a  serious  lack  of  insight  into 
  the  problem";  "water  is  the  critical  deficiency  in 
  desert  regions";  "for  want  of  a  nail  the  shoe  was  lost" 
  [syn:  {lack},  {want}] 
  2:  lack  of  an  adequate  quantity  or  number;  "the  inadequacy  of 
  unemployment  benefits"  [syn:  {insufficiency},  {inadequacy}] 
  [ant:  {sufficiency},  {sufficiency}] 




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