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Definition of "insufficiency" []

  • The quality or state of being insufficient, especially: (noun)
  • Moral or mental incompetence. (noun)
  • Inadequate supply: an insufficiency of funds. (noun)
  • Inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally: cardiac insufficiency. (noun)
  • A failing; an inadequacy: pointed out the insufficiencies in my report. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "insufficiency" in a sentence
  • "Pancreatic insufficiency is one cause of fat malabsorption."
  • "A feeling of insecurity or of insufficiency is a hard thing to deal with, I will say I forgive you now for anything evil you might post about Seattle."
  • "Tricuspid insufficiency is usually an acquired defect, and not generally listed in textbooks as a congential cardiac anomaly in and of itself, but usually in conjunction with other cardiac anomalies."