lacking


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lack

 (lăk)
n.
1. Deficiency or absence: Lack of funding brought the project to a halt.
2. A particular deficiency or absence: Owing to a lack of supporters, the reforms did not succeed.
v. lacked, lack·ing, lacks
v.tr.
To be without or in need of: lacked the strength to lift the box.
v.intr.
1. To be missing or deficient: We suspected that he was lying, but proof was lacking.
2. To be in need of something: She does not lack for friends.

[Middle English, perhaps from Middle Dutch lac, deficiency, fault.]
Usage Note: When lack is used in the sense "to be wanting or deficient," it is typically followed by in: You will not be lacking in support from me. When lack is used in the sense of "to be in need of something," it is often followed by for: "In the terrible, beautiful age of my prime, / I lacked for sweet linen but never for time" (E.B. White).

lacking

(ˈlakɪŋ)
adj
missing or absentdeficient in or not having enough ofinadequate; not good enough
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lacking - inadequate in amount or degree; "a deficient education"; "deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina"; "tested and found wanting"
inadequate, unequal - lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task"
2.lacking - nonexistent; "the thumb is absent"; "her appetite was lacking"
nonexistent - not having existence or being or actuality; "chimeras are nonexistent"

lacking

adjective deficient, wanting, needing, missing, inadequate, minus (informal), flawed, impaired, sans (archaic) Why was military intelligence so lacking?

lacking

adjective
1. Lacking an essential element:
2. Deficient in a usual or needed amount:
3. Not having a desirable element:
Idiom: in want of.
Translations

lacking

[ˈlakɪŋ] adj
(= missing) to be lacking → manquer
what is lacking is ... → ce qui manque c'est ...
(= deficient) to be lacking in sth [+ confidence, imagination, talent] → manquer de qch
Are you frequently lacking in energy and motivation? → Vous arrive-t-il fréquemment de manquer d'énergie et de motivation?
Are these youngsters so lacking in imagination that all they can think of to do is set cars on fire? → Ces jeunes manquent-ils à ce point d'imagination qu'ils ne trouvent rien d'autre à faire que brûler des voitures?
(= inadequate) → déficient(e)
Why was military intelligence so lacking? → Pourquoi le renseignement militaire a-t-il été si déficient?

lacking

adj
to be found lackingsich nicht bewähren, der Sache (dat)nicht gewachsen sein; they were not found lackingsie waren der Sache (dat)gewachsen
(inf)geistig minderbemittelt (inf), → beschränkt
References in classic literature ?
Only the fetter for the thousand necks is still lacking; there is lacking the one goal.
But pray tell me, my brethren, if the goal of humanity be still lacking, is there not also still lacking--humanity itself?
There was indeed only one quality of womanhood in which she was lacking, and in which, after much serious self- examination, I discovered the reason of my instinctive self-sacrifice of her,--SHE HAD NEVER SUFFERED.
Harding was a gentle, sad-eyed woman, lacking a left foot.
Much else should I have liked to write to you, but time is lacking, and I must hasten.
I infer, then," said Rosser, gravely, "that a lady lacking the moral advantage of a nose would find the struggle to become Mrs.
And Jerry, lacking articulate speech, had no way of telling him of the thirst of which he was perishing.
Most conspicuous in his dramas is his realism, often, as we have said, extremely coarse, and a direct reflection of his intellect, which was as strongly masculine as his body and altogether lacking, where the regular drama was concerned, in fineness of sentiment or poetic feeling.
Lacking control is often associated with fear, depression, or withdrawal behavior.
These traits include being superficial, acting grandiosely, lying frequently, showing no remorse, lacking empathy, refusing to accept responsibility for misdeeds, behaving impulsively, and having committed many crimes.
This Sunday's readings speak these words to us, naming our own lacking.
The prevalence of mental illness represents a challenge to the Iraqi health system, since <100 psychiatrists are reported to practice in the country, and therapeutic medications and social support systems are lacking.