Synonyms for deficient

Synonyms for (adjective) deficient

Synonyms: wanting, lacking, deficient

Definition: inadequate in amount or degree

Usage: a deficient education; deficient in common sense; lacking in stamina; tested and found wanting

Similar words: unequal, inadequate

Definition: lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

Usage: inadequate training; the staff was inadequate; she was unequal to the task


Synonyms: substandard, deficient, inferior

Definition: falling short of some prescribed norm

Usage: substandard housing

Similar words: nonstandard

Definition: varying from or not adhering to a standard

Usage: nonstandard windows; envelopes of nonstandard sizes; nonstandard lengths of board


Synonyms: deficient, insufficient

Definition: of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

Usage: insufficient funds

Similar words: low, depleted

Definition: no longer sufficient

Usage: supplies are low; our funds are depleted


Similar words: inadequate, poor, short

Definition: not sufficient to meet a need

Usage: an inadequate income; a poor salary; money is short; on short rations; food is in short supply; short on experience


Similar words: skimpy, lean

Definition: containing little excess

Usage: a lean budget; a skimpy allowance


Similar words: light, scant, short

Definition: less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

Usage: a light pound; a scant cup of sugar; regularly gives short weight


Similar words: shy

Definition: short

Usage: eleven is one shy of a dozen