Deficient-ly
Deficient De*fi"cient, a. [L. deficiens, -entis, p. pr. of deficere to be wanting. See {Defect}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

The style was indeed deficient in ease and variety. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Deficient number}. (Arith.) See under {Abundant}. -- {De*fi"cient-ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]


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  • Deficient — De*fi cient, a. [L. deficiens, entis, p. pr. of deficere to be wanting. See {Defect}.] Wanting, to make up completeness; wanting, as regards a requirement; not sufficient; inadequate; defective; imperfect; incomplete; lacking; as, deficient… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deficient number — Deficient De*fi cient, a. [L. deficiens, entis, p. pr. of deficere to be wanting. See {Defect}.] Wanting, to make up completeness; wanting, as regards a requirement; not sufficient; inadequate; defective; imperfect; incomplete; lacking; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deficient — de•fi•cient [[t]dɪˈfɪʃ ənt[/t]] adj. 1) lacking some element or characteristic; defective 2) inadequate 3) cvb one who is deficient, esp. one who is mentally defective • Etymology: 1575–85; < L dēficient , s. of dēficiēns, prp. of dēficere to… …   From formal English to slang

  • de|fi´cient|ly — de|fi|cient «dih FIHSH uhnt», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. not complete; defective: »The child s knowledge of arithmetic is deficient. SYNONYM(S): imperfect, incomplete. 2. not enough; lacking; not sufficient in amount, force, or quality: »This bre …   Useful english dictionary

  • mea´gre|ly — mea|ger or mea|gre «MEE guhr», adjective. 1. poor or scanty: »a meager meal. SYNONYM(S): sparse. See syn. under scanty. (Cf. ↑scanty) 2. thin; lean: »a meager face. A small, meagre man (John L …   Useful english dictionary

  • mea´ger|ly — mea|ger or mea|gre «MEE guhr», adjective. 1. poor or scanty: »a meager meal. SYNONYM(S): sparse. See syn. under scanty. (Cf. ↑scanty) 2. thin; lean: »a meager face. A small, meagre man (John L …   Useful english dictionary

  • in´com|plete´ly — in|com|plete «IHN kuhm PLEET», adjective. 1. not complete; lacking some part; unfinished: »The artist was working on several paintings which at his death remained incomplete. SYNONYM(S): imperfect, deficient, defective. 2. (of a flower) lacking… …   Useful english dictionary

  • in|cu´ri|ous|ly — in|cu|ri|ous «ihn KYUR ee uhs», adjective. 1. not curious; uninquiring; indifferent: »an incurious student. Listless and incurious eyes (James Fenimore Cooper). Like anyone of twenty, Jane was incurious about the past (Saturday Review).… …   Useful english dictionary

  • in´di|gent|ly — in|di|gent «IHN duh jehnt», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. lacking the necessities of life; poor or needy: »He became a legendary hero…to the indigent and the oppressed (Atlantic). 2. Archaic. a) wanting; deficient: »How low, how little are the proud …   Useful english dictionary

  • un´in|tel´li|gent|ly — un|in|tel|li|gent «UHN ihn TEHL uh juhnt», adjective. 1. not endowed with intelligence, as an inanimate object. 2. deficient in intelligence; dull; stupid. 3. Obsolete. having no knowledge (of). –un´in|tel´li|gent|ly, adverb …   Useful english dictionary

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