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Synonyms of 'inadequacy'

(noun) 
Definition
lack or shortage
the inadequacy of the water supply
Synonyms
shortage
There's no shortage of ideas.
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poverty
a poverty of ideas
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dearth
a dearth of resources
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paucity (formal)
the paucity of information
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insufficiency
Anaemia is due to insufficiency of iron.
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incompleteness
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meagreness
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skimpiness
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scantiness
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inadequateness
(noun) 
Definition
the state of being or feeling inferior
a deep-seated sense of inadequacy
Synonyms
incompetence
The incompetence of government officials is appalling.
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inability
Her inability to concentrate could cause an accident.
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deficiency
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
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incapacity
They have a total incapacity to laugh at themselves.
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ineffectiveness
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incompetency
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unfitness
, ,
defectiveness
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inaptness
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faultiness
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unsuitableness
(noun) 
Definition
a weakness or failing
We all make an effort to ignore our own inadequacies.
Synonyms
shortcoming
His book has its shortcomings.
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failing
We are often unaware of our own failings.
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lack
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
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weakness
His main weakness was his bad temper.
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defect
The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
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imperfection
He concedes that there are imperfections in the socialist system.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of dearth
Definition
an inadequate amount
a dearth of resources
Synonyms
paucity (formal),
sparsity,
scantiness,
exiguousness
in the sense of defect
Definition
an imperfection or blemish
The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
in the sense of deficiency
Definition
a lack or shortage
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.

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