ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ in n
If something or someone is lacking in a particular quality, they do not have any of it or enough of it.
See also lack

...if your hair is lacking in lustre and feeling dry...

She felt nervous, increasingly lacking in confidence about herself...

Why was military intelligence so lacking?

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