Wanting, to make up completeness; wanting, as regards a requirement; not sufficient; inadequate; defective; imperfect; incomplete; lacking; as, deficient parts; deficient estate; deficient strength; deficient in judgment. "The style was indeed deficient in ease and variety." (Macaulay) Deficient number.
Origin: L. Deficiens, -entis, p. Pr. Of deficere to be wanting. See Defect.
(01 Mar 1998)
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