Insufficiency and Need


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Insufficiency noun – A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number.
Usage example: dealt with the school's insufficiency of art supplies by buying materials out of her own pocket

Need is a synonym for insufficiency in necessity topic. In some cases you can use "Need" instead a noun "Insufficiency".
Nearby Words: insufficient, insufficiently
Synonyms for Insufficiency


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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

Insufficiency is a synonym for need in lack topic. Sometimes you can use "Insufficiency" instead a noun "Need", if it concerns topics such as amount, poverty, emergency.
Nearby Words: needed, needs, needy, needless, needful
Synonyms for Need

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severe severe insufficiency severe need
secret secret insufficiency secret need
apparent apparent insufficiency apparent need
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