|1.||[ noun ] lack of an adequate quantity or number|
"the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
|Related terms:||sufficiency sufficiency amount deficit scarcity meagerness|
|2.||[ noun ] a lack of competence|
"pointed out the insufficiencies in my report" "juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in the parents"
|3.||[ noun ] unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate|
|Related terms:||adequacy unsatisfactoriness|