Part of speech: noun

Lack; insufficiency; defect.

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Usage examples "deficiency":

  1. And as you hung, or rather left to be hung, a Portuguese colonel, it is only right that you should supply the deficiency." - "With Moore At Corunna", G. A. Henty.
  2. For, though the laws determine it juster to revenge an injury than to do an injury, yet it is evident that both, in the nature of things, originally proceed from the same deficiency and weakness. - "Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans", Clough, Arthur Hugh.
  3. The deficiency in revenue anticipated from the abolition of license fees was to be met by the imposition of an export duty upon gold at the rate of a half- crown an ounce. - "The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17", Charles Francis Horne.