Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LACKS

We do not fulminate against a treatise on Quaternions because it lacks humor.

"It lacks just a few months of being twenty-eight years," she added.

When he's got that, no matter what else he lacks, you've got something to build on.

It lacks the neatness, the athletic movement of Paine's English.

He lacks all his family's instinct for business-like promptitude.

He is supported on crutches, but lacks so much support of muscle.

But the writings of Brougham do not sell; he lacks even the solace of Bolingbroke.

And being, if not all things, lacks something of the nature of being, and becomes not-being.

And, on the other, he who has the knowledge of what is right is more righteous than he who lacks that knowledge?

But if he lacks history, he has a temper—a temper with which it is useless to argue.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "absence, want; shortage, deficiency," perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *lac, or else borrowed from Middle Dutch lak "deficiency, fault;" in either case from Proto-Germanic *laka- (cf. Old Frisian lek "disadvantage, damage," Old Norse lakr "lacking"), from PIE *leg- "to dribble, trickle." Middle English also had lackless "without blame or fault."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.