De*fi"cien*cy (?), n.; pl. Deficiencies (#). [See Deficient.]

The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure; imperfection; shortcoming; defect.

"A deficiencyof blood."

Arbuthnot.

[Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his deficiencies made him the ridicule of his contemporaries. Buckle.

Deficiency of a curve Geom., the amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree.

 

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