deficiente
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deficiente(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (insufficient)
a. deficient
La anemia se puede producir en personas que son deficientes en vitamina B12.Anemia can occur in people who are deficient in vitamin B12.
2. (imperfect)
a. defective
Ordenaron la retirada de ese modelo de carro cuando descubrieron que las bolsas de aire estaban deficientes.They ordered the recall of that car model when they discovered that the airbags were defective.
3. (disappointing)
a. unsatisfactory
El resultado de la prueba es deficiente según el profesor que la corrigió.The result of the test is unsatisfactory according to the teacher who corrected it.
b. poor
El ayuntamiento decidió derribar el edificio dado su deficiente estado.The local government decided to demolish the building given its poor state.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(mentally deficient)
a. mentally handicapped
Mario es deficiente y por eso su madurez no es tan avanzada como debería ser.Mario is mentally handicapped and so his maturity is not as advanced as it should be.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(mentally deficient person)
a. mentally handicapped person
Los deficientes tienen diferentes grados de retraso. No todos son iguales.Mentally handicapped people have different levels of retardation. Not all of them are the same.
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deficiente
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (defectuoso; producto, cantidad, persona)
a. deficient
2. (audición, vista)
a. defective
3. (mediocre)
a. poor, unsatisfactory
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
deficiente (mental)mentally handicapped person
5. (education)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
muy deficientevery poor, E
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deficiente
adjective
1 (imperfecto) [+mercancía, motor] defective; [+sistema, estructura] inadequate
los deficientes sistemas de seguridad the inadequacy of the security systems
2 (falto) deficient;en in
deficiente mental deficiente psíquico mentally handicapped person
deficiente visual visually handicapped person
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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