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  • n  the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
    there is a serious lack of insight into the problem
  • v  be without
    This soup lacks salt

  • Aid workers and diplomats say smaller cities lack regular electricity and people still can't get enough to eat.
  • Again, the lack of adequate resources to support an overburdened criminal justice system looms as a reality.
  • In an extraordinary decision, Judge Camarata denied the Burkes' right to the child because of their lack of belief in a Supreme Being.
News & Articles

  • Education notebook
    Lack of clause in law stalls petition The lack of an emergency clause in a 2013 piece of legislation kept Jacksonville leaders from proceeding with plans to ask the state Board of Education last week for a special election on creating a new Jacksonville school system.
    June 16, 2013 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Senators show lack of compassion with Medicaid vote
    A lack of compassion — there is no vaccine for it, lotion, potion or pill, even acupuncture cannot effect a cure. Not to worry! What cannot be done medically can be done politically, at the ballot box.
    June 14, 2013 - Exeter News-Letter
  • Lack of water, fewer mosquitoes expected
    While the lack of water is troublesome for farmers and ranchers, it does make for a shorter and lighter mosquito season for the Mason Valley Mosquito Abatement District.
    June 12, 2013 - Mason Valley News

  • Michael Hayden in
    Beyond their lack of intelligence value -- as the interrogation sessions had already been exhaustively detailed in written channels -- and the absence of any legal or internal reason to keep them, the tapes posed a serious security risk,...
  • Ben Bernanke in Fresno Bee
    From the borrower's point of view ...... these changes may feel like a reduction in the supply of credit,he said. "From the lender's point of view, the problem appears to be a lack of demand from creditworthy borrowers."
  • Jeff Sessions in Environment News Service
    Kagan's lack of judicial experience and short time as Solicitor General, arguing just six cases before the Court, is troubling,he said.

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