Deficiency and Excess


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Deficiency noun – A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number.
Usage example: there is a deficiency of fresh food in the diet of many of the working poor

Excess is an antonym for deficiency in imperfection topic.
Nearby Words: deficient, deficit, deficiently
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Excess noun – The state or an instance of going beyond what is usual, proper, or needed.
Usage example: a new television season with an excess of sitcoms featuring wisecracking teenagers

Deficiency is an antonym for excess in topics: surfeit, deficit, overabundance of something, overindulgence in personal desires.
Nearby Words: excessive, excessively
Antonyms for Excess
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real real deficiency real excess
massive massive deficiency massive excess
genetic genetic deficiency genetic excess
technological technological deficiency technological excess

Both words in one sentence

  • Golden Mean Fallacy Aristotle's golden mean also often did lean slightly towards excess or deficiency, rather than being precisely in the middle, and varied from situation to situation.
  • As long as they are balanced, things are fine, but when imbalance happens (can be either Yin excess and Yang deficiency or Yang excess and Yin deficiency), things will go wrong.
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