shortfall n : the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required [syn: deficit, shortage]
EtymologyFrom to fall short
- An instance of not meeting a quota or of having an insufficient
- Due to a shortfall in revenue we will have to make some cuts.
- The amount by which a quota is missed; the amount missing.
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