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2 definitions found
 for shortfall
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shortfall
      n 1: the property of being an amount by which something is less
           than expected or required; "new blood vessels bud out from
           the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional
           deficit" [syn: deficit, shortage, shortfall]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  35 Moby Thesaurus words for "shortfall":
     absence, arrear, arrearage, arrears, beggary, decline, defalcation,
     default, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, delinquency,
     deprivation, destitution, drought, failure, falling short, famine,
     imperfection, impoverishment, inadequacy, incompleteness,
     inferiority, insufficiency, lack, need, omission, short measure,
     shortage, shortcoming, slump, starvation, underage, want,
     wantage
  
  

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