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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.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking thingsNot of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad [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.Shy and modestAnxious and worriedConfidence and self-assuranceShowing arrogance and conceit
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