Inadequacy and Want


Inadequacy noun - A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number.
Usage example: the inadequacy of our servings was soon apparent, as hungry guests started clamoring for seconds

Want is a synonym for inadequacy in amount topic. In some cases you can use "Want" instead a noun "Inadequacy", when it comes to topics like insufficiency, scarcity.

Nearby Words: inadequate, inadequately


Want noun - The fact or state of being absent.
Usage example: the proverb that begins, “for want of a nail, the shoe was lost”

Inadequacy is a synonym for want in lack topic. You can use "Inadequacy" instead a noun "Want", if it concerns topics such as amount, dearth, scarcity.

Nearby Words: wanting, wanted

How words are described

hopeless hopeless inadequacy hopeless want
personal personal inadequacy personal want
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Want or Inadequacy. 2016. Accessed September 28, 2023.
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