Deficient and Poor


Deficient adjective - Falling short of a standard.
Usage example: woefully deficient eyesight kept him out of military service

Poor is a synonym for deficient in unsatisfactory topic. In some cases you can use "Poor" instead an adjective "Deficient", when it comes to topics like inadequate, defective, insufficient, lacking.

Nearby Words: deficiency, deficit, deficiently


Poor adjective - Less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable.
Usage example: a poor crop because of the drought this year

Deficient is a synonym for poor in meagre topic. You can use "Deficient" instead an adjective "Poor", if it concerns topics such as inadequate, insufficient, unsatisfactory, substandard.

Nearby Words: poorly, poorness

Both words in one sentence

  • Literature / The Da Vinci Code Albinism is often linked to poor eyesight due to lack of pigment in the eyes as a result of being melanin-deficient.
  • Useful Notes / King John Of England John was a superb statesman, but deficient in moral character, and incredibly piss-poor at planning and capitalizing on situations.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind Judging by his creator's deadpan reaction to the ten-pound ball rocketing around his bowling alley, this isn't the first time Bowling Paul has tried to help out some poor bowling-deficient soul, either.
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