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wanting (adj.)

early 14c., wantand, "deficient, lacking," present-participle adjective from want (v.). Modern spelling from 16c.

updated on March 23, 2014

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Definitions of wanting from WordNet

wanting (adj.)
inadequate in amount or degree;
tested and found wanting
Synonyms: deficient / lacking
wanting (adj.)
nonexistent;
Synonyms: lacking / absent / missing
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