The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure; imperfection; shortcoming; defect.
ETYM From Inadequate.
Unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate; SYN. inadequateness.
ETYM Latin insufficientia: cf. French insuffisance, whence Old Eng. insuffisance. Related to Insufficient.
1. Lack of an adequate quantity or number; SYN. inadequacy, deficiency.
2. A lack of competence; SYN. inadequacy.
3. (Pathology) Inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally.