deficient deficient  /dɪ ˈfɪ ʃənt/


  1. (adj) inadequate in amount or degree
  2. (adj) of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
  3. (adj) falling short of some prescribed norm


  1. Before Akunyili took over her post in 2001, a staggering 80% of the medications sold there were deficient in one way or another.
  2. But the words, echoing a celebrated Clint Eastwood line, marked a new high in cocky combativeness, even for a President who has never been exactly deficient in that quality.
  3. Most of us spend less time in the sun during the winter, and that means we can end up vitamin Ddeficient, leaving us vulnerable to any number of infections.


  1. Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge termed ‘structurally deficient’ in ODOT report

    Iconic. Venerable. Architecturally stunning. A signature bridge. Such descriptions are often used to describe the Yaquina Bay Bridge, one of the most photographed spans in the world. And as the bridge nears its 77th birthday, another term is applicable: structurally deficient.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Newport News-Times

  2. Rayconda homeowners, city at odds over who'll pay for repairs to dam

    The state wants the city of Fayetteville and a homeowners group to cooperate in fixing a deficient dam.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Fayetteville Observer

  3. Over troubled bridges

    Major Missoula spans classified as structurally deficient by Jessica Mayrer On a recent sunny morning, swallows dart above the Clark Fork River alongside the rusty steel girders that crisscross the Madison Street bridge's underbelly. Looking up from beneath the span on the pedestrian walkway where two women jog, one sees that the 55-year-old Madison, with cement eroding along its edges, is ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Missoula Independent


  1. Yet taken together, their performance at gathering, analysing and communicating information was "wholly deficient. The level of error, incompetence, and inattention which took place before the flight was sadly mirrored in many ways for many years,...
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: John Major Source: National Post (registration) (blog)

  2. "We acknowledge some of the areas we are deficient in, we work at them, we wait for the next opportunity to prove that we are not," Tomlin said. "That's the same mentality I have regarding the run game and all of our deficiencies. I tend to...
    on Dec 25, 2008 By: Mike Tomlin Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Our bridges are deteriorating far faster than we can finance their replacement," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., lead sponsor of the bridge-repair funds. "More than one in every four bridges on US highways is rated as deficient."
    on Sep 10, 2007 By: Patty Murray Source: San Jose Mercury News

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