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insufficiency


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insufficiency  \In`suf*fi"cien*cy\,  n.  [L.  insufficientia:  cf  F. 
  insuffisance  whence  OE  insuffisance  See  {Insufficient}.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  insufficient;  want  of 
  sufficiency;  deficiency;  inadequateness;  as  the 
  insufficiency  of  provisions,  of  an  excuse,  etc 
 
  The  insufficiency  of  the  light  of  nature  is  by  the 
  light  of  Scripture,  .  .  .  fully  supplied.  --Hooker. 
 
  2.  Want  of  power  or  skill;  inability;  incapacity; 
  incompetency;  as  the  insufficiency  of  a  man  for  an 
  office. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  insufficiency 
  n  1:  a  lack  of  competence;  "pointed  out  the  insufficiencies  in  my 
  report";  "juvenile  offenses  often  reflect  an  inadequacy 
  in  the  parents"  [syn:  {inadequacy}] 
  2:  (pathology)  inability  of  a  bodily  part  or  organ  to  function 
  normally 
  3:  lack  of  an  adequate  quantity  or  number;  "the  inadequacy  of 
  unemployment  benefits"  [syn:  {inadequacy},  {deficiency}] 
  [ant:  {sufficiency},  {sufficiency}] 




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