Insufficiency In`suf*fi"cien*cy, n. [L. insufficientia: cf. F. insuffisance, whence OE. insuffisance. See {Insufficient}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being insufficient; lack of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequateness; as, the insufficiency of provisions, of an excuse, etc. [1913 Webster]

The insufficiency of the light of nature is, by the light of Scripture, . . . fully supplied. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. Lack of power or skill; inability; incapacity; incompetency; as, the insufficiency of a man for an office. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • insufficiency — (n.) 1520s, from L.L. insufficientia, noun of quality from insufficientem (see INSUFFICIENT (Cf. insufficient)). Insufficience deficiency is from early 15c …   Etymology dictionary

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  • insufficiency — Lack of completeness of function or power. SEE ALSO: incompetence. [L. in , neg. + sufficientia, fr. sufficio to suffice] accommodative i. a lack of appropriate accommodation for near focus. acute adrenocortical i. severe adrenocortical i. when… …   Medical dictionary

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  • insufficiency — insufficient ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not enough. DERIVATIVES insufficiency noun insufficiently adverb …   English terms dictionary

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