deficient

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 deficient — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not having enough of a specified quality or ingredient. 2) insufficient or inadequate. ORIGIN Latin, from deficere fail …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 deficient — [[t]dɪfɪ̱ʃ(ə)nt[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu v link ADJ, usu ADJ in n If someone or something is deficient in a particular thing, they do not have the full amount of it that they need in order to function normally or work properly. [FORMAL] ...a diet… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 deficient — 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 ;… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 deficient — de·fi·cient di fish ənt adj 1) lacking in some necessary quality or element <a deficient diet> 2) not up to a normal standard or complement <deficient strength> 3) having, relating to, or characterized by a genetic deletion deficient… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 16 deficient — deficiently, adv. /di fish euhnt/, adj. 1. lacking some element or characteristic; defective: deficient in taste. 2. insufficient; inadequate: deficient knowledge. n. 3. a person who is deficient, esp. one who is mentally defective. [1575 85; < L …

    Universalium

  • 17 deficient — de|fi|cient [dıˈfıʃənt] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: deficiens, present participle of deficere; DEFECT1] 1.) not containing or having enough of something ▪ Women who are dieting can become iron deficient. deficient in ▪ patients… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 deficient — adjective 1 not containing or having enough of something: zinc deficient plants (+ in): a diet deficient in calcium 2 not good enough: Some of the methods used were deficient …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 deficient — defective, deficient Defective means ‘having a defect (= fault)’, whereas deficient means ‘having a deficiency (or lack)’. So eyesight, components, goods, logic, mechanisms, products, workmanship, etc., can all be defective if they are not… …

    Modern English usage

  • 20 deficient — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ▪ become ADVERB ▪ gravely, sadly (esp. BrE), seriously, severely …

    Collocations dictionary