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inadequacy

noun uk   /ɪˈnæd.ɪ.kwə.si/ us  
[C or U] the fact that something is not good enough or is too small in amount: Economic growth is hindered by the inadequacies of the public transport system. The inadequacy of the budget is likely to cause problems. [U] a lack of confidence that makes you feel unable to deal with a situation: I always suffer from feelings of inadequacy when I'm with him.
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