I. adjective Etymology: Latin deficient-, deficiens, present participle of deficere to be wanting — more at defect Date: 1581 1. lacking in some necessary quality or element <
deficient in judgment
2. not up to a normal standard or complement ; defective <
deficient strength
deficiently adverb II. noun Date: 1906 one that is deficient <
a mental deficient

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  • déficient — déficient, iente [ defisjɑ̃, jɑ̃t ] adj. • 1290; lat. deficiens, p. prés. de deficere « manquer » 1 ♦ Qui présente une déficience. Organisme déficient. Intelligence déficiente. ⇒ faible, insuffisant. N. Les déficients auditifs, moteurs. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • deficient — DEFICIÉNT, Ă, deficienţi, te, adj. Care are o insuficienţă organică sau mintală. ♦ Care produce mai puţin decât trebuie, decât e planificat. ♦ (Substantivat) Persoană lipsită de anumite facultăţi fizice sau psihice. Un deficient mintal. [pr.: ci… …   Dicționar Român

  • 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 — adj Deficient, defective mean showing lack of something necessary. The words are sometimes used interchangeably though they tend to diverge in their meanings. Deficient typically implies a falling short in the amount, quantity, or force… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deficient — I adjective attenuated, barren, below par, blemished, defective, depleted, devoid, disappointing, discontenting, empty, falling short, faulty, few, flawed, hollow, impaired, imperfect, impoverished, in arrears, inadequate, incompetent, incomplete …   Law dictionary

  • déficient — déficient, ente (dé fi si an, an t ) adj. Terme d arithmétique. Nombre déficient, ou, substantivement, un déficient, nombre dont les parties aliquotes ou facteurs font une somme moindre que le nombre lui même. 10 est un nombre déficient, la somme …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • deficient — [dē fish′ənt, difish′ənt] adj. [L deficiens: see DEFICIENCY] 1. lacking in some essential; incomplete; defective 2. inadequate in amount, quality, or degree; not sufficient n. a deficient person or thing deficiently adv …   English World dictionary

  • Deficient — (v. lat.), 1) fehlend; deficiente pecunia, beim Mangel am Gelde; 2) abtrünnig; 3) ein Schuldner, der nicht bezahlt; 4) entkräftet, dienstuntauglich geworden; so Deficientenpriester, in der katholischen Kirche die zur seelsorglichen Amtsführung… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Deficient — Deficient, in der kathol. Kirche ein für seine Amtsführung unfähig gewordener Geistlicher, der sein Amt für einstweilen oder immer abgeben muß; sein Gehalt heißt D.engehalt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • deficient — 1580s, from L. deficientem (nom. deficiens), prp. of deficere to desert, revolt, fail, from de down, away (see DE (Cf. de )) + facere to do, perform (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • deficient — [adj] imperfect, inadequate amiss, bad, damaged, defective, exiguous, faulty, flawed, found wanting, impaired, incomplete, inferior, infrequent, injured, insufficient, lacking, marred, meager, not cut out for*, not enough, not make it*, not up to …   New thesaurus

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