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

  Insufficiency \In`suf*fi"cien*cy\, n. [L. insufficientia: cf. F.
     insuffisance, whence OE. insuffisance. See Insufficient.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. The quality or state of being insufficient; lack of
        sufficiency; deficiency; inadequateness; as, the
        insufficiency of provisions, of an excuse, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
              The insufficiency of the light of nature is, by the
              light of Scripture, . . . fully supplied. --Hooker.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Lack of power or skill; inability; incapacity;
        incompetency; as, the insufficiency of a man for an
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a lack of competence; "pointed out the insufficiencies in
           my report"; "juvenile offenses often reflect an inadequacy
           in the parents" [syn: insufficiency, inadequacy]
      2: (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function
      3: lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of
         unemployment benefits" [syn: insufficiency, inadequacy,
         deficiency] [ant: adequacy, sufficiency]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  96 Moby Thesaurus words for "insufficiency":
     arrear, arrearage, arrears, asymmetry, baseness, contrariety,
     daintiness, decline, defalcation, default, defectiveness,
     deficiency, deficit, delicacy, delinquency, difference,
     diminutiveness, disability, disablement, disequilibrium, disparity,
     disproportion, disqualification, dissatisfactoriness, exiguity,
     exiguousness, failure, falling short, fewness, heterogeneity,
     imbalance, imbecility, imperfection, inability, inadequacy,
     inadmissibility, incapability, incapacitation, incapacity,
     incompetence, incompetency, inconsequentiality, inconsiderableness,
     indefensibility, inefficiency, ineptitude, inequality, inequity,
     infancy, inferiority, injustice, insignificance, intolerability,
     irregularity, legal incapacity, littleness, maladroitness,
     meagerness, meanness, mediocrity, minority, minuteness,
     moderateness, nonuniformity, objectionability, odds, overbalance,
     pettiness, picayunishness, puniness, scantiness, shabbiness,
     short measure, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, slightness, slump,
     smallness, subnormality, tininess, triviality, unacceptability,
     unbalance, underage, undesirability, unevenness,
     unfair discrimination, unfitness, unimportance, unsatisfactoriness,
     unskillfulness, unsuitability, untenability, vulgarity, wardship

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INSUFFICIENCY. What is not competent; not enough. 

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