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Synonyms for deficient

Synonyms for (adjective) deficient

Synonyms: wanting, lacking, deficient Definition: inadequate in amount or degree Usage: a deficient education; deficient in common sense; lacking in stamina; tested and found wanting

Similar words: unequal, inadequate Definition: lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task Usage: inadequate training; the staff was inadequate; she was unequal to the task

Synonyms: substandard, deficient, inferior Definition: falling short of some prescribed norm Usage: substandard housing

Similar words: nonstandard Definition: varying from or not adhering to a standard Usage: nonstandard windows; envelopes of nonstandard sizes; nonstandard lengths of board

Synonyms: deficient, insufficient Definition: of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement Usage: insufficient funds

Similar words: low, depleted Definition: no longer sufficient Usage: supplies are low; our funds are depleted

Similar words: inadequate, poor, short Definition: not sufficient to meet a need Usage: an inadequate income; a poor salary; money is short; on short rations; food is in short supply; short on experience

Similar words: skimpy, lean Definition: containing little excess Usage: a lean budget; a skimpy allowance

Similar words: light, scant, short Definition: less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so Usage: a light pound; a scant cup of sugar; regularly gives short weight

Similar words: shy Definition: short Usage: eleven is one shy of a dozen