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 for inadequacy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inadequacy \In*ad"e*qua*cy\, n. [From Inadequate.]
     The quality or state of being inadequate or insufficient;
     defectiveness; insufficiency; inadequateness.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The inadequacy and consequent inefficacy of the alleged
           causes.                                  --Dr. T.
                                                    Dwight.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  inadequacy
      n 1: lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of
           unemployment benefits" [syn: insufficiency, inadequacy,
           deficiency] [ant: adequacy, sufficiency]
      2: a lack of competence; "pointed out the insufficiencies in my
         report"; "juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy in
         the parents" [syn: insufficiency, inadequacy]
      3: unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate [syn:
         inadequacy, inadequateness] [ant: adequacy,
         adequateness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  165 Moby Thesaurus words for "inadequacy":
     adulteration, arrear, arrearage, arrears, arrestment, asymmetry,
     baseness, blemish, bug, callowness, catch, contrariety, crack,
     decline, defalcation, default, defect, defectibility, defection,
     defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, delinquency, difference,
     disability, disablement, disequilibrium, disparity, disproportion,
     disqualification, dissatisfactoriness, drawback, erroneousness,
     failing, failure, fallibility, falling short, fault, faultiness,
     faute, fewness, flaw, foible, frailty, heterogeneity, hole,
     imbalance, imbecility, immaturity, impairment, imperfection,
     impurity, inability, inaccuracy, inadeptness, inadequateness,
     inadmissibility, inaptitude, inaptness, inattentiveness,
     incapability, incapacitation, incapacity, incompetence,
     incompetency, incompleteness, incompletion, indefensibility,
     indexterity, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness,
     inefficacy, inefficiency, ineptitude, ineptness, inequality,
     inequity, inexactitude, inexactness, infancy, inferiority,
     infirmity, injustice, insufficiency, insufficientness,
     intolerability, irregularity, kink, lack, legal incapacity,
     little problem, littleness, maladjustment, maladroitness, meanness,
     mediocrity, minority, none to spare, nonfulfillment,
     nonsatisfaction, nonuniformity, objectionability, odds,
     overbalance, patchiness, pedestrianism, pettiness, problem, rift,
     rustiness, scantiness, scrappiness, shabbiness, short measure,
     short supply, short weight, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall,
     sketchiness, skill-lessness, slump, smallness, snag,
     something missing, subnormality, taint, thoughtlessness, too late,
     too little, triviality, unacceptability, unaptness, unbalance,
     uncleverness, undeftness, underage, underdevelopment,
     undesirability, undevelopment, undexterousness, undextrousness,
     unevenness, unfair discrimination, unfitness, unfittedness,
     unintelligence, unperfectedness, unproficiency, unqualification,
     unsatisfactoriness, unschooledness, unskillfulness, unsoundness,
     unsuitability, untenability, untrainedness, vulgarity,
     vulnerable place, want, wardship, weak link, weak point,
     weakness
  
  

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