Lacking and Unsatisfactory

Lacking

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Lacking adjective – Not coming up to an expected measure or meeting a particular need.
Usage example: we felt the afternoon television offerings were somewhat lacking in entertainment value

Unsatisfactory and lacking are semantically related in inadequate topic. In some cases you can use "Unsatisfactory" instead an adjective "Lacking", when it comes to topics like insufficient.
Nearby Words: lack, lacked
Synonyms for Lacking

Unsatisfactory

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Unsatisfactory adjective – Falling short of a standard.
Usage example: an unsatisfactory first attempt at building a birdhouse

Lacking and unsatisfactory are semantically related in inadequate topic. You can use "Lacking" instead an adjective "Unsatisfactory", if it concerns topics such as insufficient.
Nearby Word: unsatisfactorily
Synonyms for Unsatisfactory

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performance lacking performance unsatisfactory performance
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Unsatisfactory and Lacking. (2016). Retrieved 2021, June 20, from https://thesaurus.plus/related/lacking/unsatisfactory
Lacking & Unsatisfactory. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Jun. 2021. <https://thesaurus.plus/related/lacking/unsatisfactory>.
Unsatisfactory or Lacking. 2016. Accessed June 20, 2021. https://thesaurus.plus/related/lacking/unsatisfactory.

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