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Defícient. adj. [deficiens, from deficio, Latin.] Failing; wanting; defective; imperfect.

O woman! best are all things as the will
Of God ordain'd them: his creating hand
Nothing imperfect or deficient left.
Milton's Paradise Lost.

Figures are either simple or mixed: the simple be either circular or angular; and of circular, either complete, as circles, or deficient, as ovals. Wotton's Architect.

Neither Virgil nor Homer were deficient in any of the former beauties. Dryden's Fab. Pref.

Several views, postures, stands, turns, limitations and exceptions, and several other thoughts of the mind, for which we have either none, or very deficient names, are diligently to be studied. Locke.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Wotton, Henry (48)

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