The amount by which a supply falls short of expectation, need, or demand.
Inadequacy or insufficiency:
The definition of a need is a desire or requirement.
The definition of a deficiency is something that is lacking, or something that isn't sufficient or good enough.
An imperfection or lack that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming or deficiency.
Enough wealth or income
A quantity or amount over and above what is needed or used; something left over; excess
Lack of moderation; intemperance; overindulgence
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