Usage examples for deficient

  1. Inasmuch as there were several proposed systems of rapid automatic telegraphy in existence at the time Edison entered the field, but none of them in practical commercial use, it becomes a matter of interest to inquire wherein they were deficient, and what constituted the elements of Edison's success. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  2. The States- General were not likely to be deficient in firmness. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. Means for this have hitherto been deficient, and much precious time and energy have been wasted in the inevitable struggle to maintain the ground already gained. – McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 by Cyrus Macmillan
  4. Nor are the other Dominions deficient. – Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland by Joseph Tatlow
  5. Men who have been much taught, are apt to be deficient in the sense of present fact; they do not see, in the facts which they are called upon to deal with, what is really there, but what they have been taught to expect. – The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill
  6. Long since we taught a boy who was mentally deficient and incapable of intelligent analysis, by whole words and corresponding pictures. – The Child Under Eight by E.R. Murray and Henrietta Brown Smith
  7. He was deficient in those gifts of imagination and romance which are essential to the highest oratory. – Collections and Recollections by George William Erskine Russell
  8. On this point there is the silence of a pure ignorance, and the record will be deficient in other essentials. – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield
  9. If by any chance you are deficient in this feeling yourself, or confused about it, you have only to look about any where, at any time, and you will find it in evidence among normal individuals from the days of early childhood. – Heart and Soul by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  10. But much good fruit for the future was being developed and matured; and no one, who cares to see how the present grows out of the past, will readily allow that the religious thought and the religious action of the eighteenth century are deficient in interest to our times. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  11. And adds, I have been sadly deficient in ... – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  12. The land is apparently good and suitable, but labor is deficient, and my impressions were not favorable in regard to the manner of cultivation. – Journal of an African Cruiser by Horatio Bridge
  13. Do what he would, Charlton could not conceal from himself that in sympathy Miss Minorkey was greatly deficient. – The Mystery of Metropolisville by Edward Eggleston
  14. A vigorous- growing variety will do well on the thin soil of the hills, while a variety deficient in root vigor, which might be profitable in deep soil, would not thrive on the hilltops. – The Apple by Various
  15. He had the power of amusing her, in which I was deficient, and she was always merry. – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman
  16. Able to conceive in broad outlines successful policies, he was singularly deficient in the power to handle the details of their execution. – Stories of Authors, British and American by Edwin Watts Chubb