insufficiency

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From in- +‎ sufficiency.

NounEdit

insufficiency (plural insufficiencies)

  1. The lack of sufficiency; a shortage or inadequacy.
    The troops went hungry because of the insufficiency of their supplies.
    • 1962 October, “Beyond the Channel: Western Germany: Rhine right-bank line re-signalling”, in Modern Railways, page 276:
      On a recent trip down the Rhine many of the trains we saw were still steam-hauled, presumably through an insufficiency of electric locomotives, as yet, to deal with peak summer traffic.
    Synonym: unsufficiency (obsolete)

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