deficience

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deficience (plural deficiences)

  1. (obsolete) deficiency
    • 1825, Samuel Johnson, The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes[1]:
      Whoever has the care of instructing others, may be charged with deficience in his duty if this book is not recommended.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David[2]:
      Whoever has the care of instructing others, may be charged with deficience in his duty if this book is not recommended.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost[3]:
      Thou in thyself art perfect, and in thee Is no deficience found: Not so is Man, But in degree; the cause of his desire By conversation with his like to help Or solace his defects.