de·fi·cient /dɪˈfɪʃənt/ 形容詞
De·fi·cient a. 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. Arith. See under Abundant.
-- De*fi*cient-ly, adv.
adj 1: inadequate in amount or degree; "a deficient education";
"deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina";
"tested and found wanting" [syn: lacking(p), wanting(p)]
2: of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement;
"insufficient funds" [syn: insufficient] [ant: sufficient]
3: falling short of some prescribed norm; "substandard housing"
[syn: inferior, substandard]