AskDefine | Define insufficiency

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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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  1. The lack of sufficiency; the shortage or inadequacy of.
    The troops went hungry because of the insufficiency of their supplies.

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