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inadequacy

noun
     
in‧ad‧e‧qua‧cy plural inadequacies
1 [uncountable] a feeling that you are not as good, clever, skilled etc as other people:
Unemployment can cause feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
2 [uncountable] the fact of not being good enough in quality, ability, size etc for a particular purpose
inadequacy of
the inadequacy of local health care
3 [countable usually plural] a fault or weakness:
I'm quite aware of my own inadequacies.

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