Deficit noun - A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number.
Usage example: a growing deficit in the number of hours devoted to sleep
Need is a synonym for deficit in necessity topic. In some cases you can use "Need" instead a noun "Deficit".
Need noun - A state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful.
Usage example: when it came time to wrap the presents, he found he was in need of adhesive tape
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Both words in one sentence
- Ultimately France's refusal, Germany's food deficit, and Germany's need for industrial workers resulted in them... cutting the dead weight... of all Undesirables unable to serve as slaves in German firms.
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