What is the opposite of surplus?

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Opposite of being in excess
Opposite of unnecessary, especially through being more than enough
Opposite of surplus to requirements
“Even moderate exercise, such as walking, has real health benefits if you do it regularly all year round.”
Opposite of supplemental or added to something
“The broth needed less salt and pepper to allow its natural flavors to shine.”
Opposite of separated from a usual pair or set
Paired shoes were mounted on the vertical, diagonal, and horizontal slabs behind the display window.”
Opposite of something kept in reserve as a spare or backup
Opposite of a quantity or amount left over in excess of what is required
Opposite of a part or quantity that is left after the greater part has been used, removed, or destroyed
Opposite of an abundance or large quantity of something
Opposite of a large surplus stock of a commodity
Opposite of the remaining (other) people or things
“The enlisted men making up the core of the group were temporarily picked from rifle companies.”
(figuratively) Opposite of a plentiful source of supply
“The young boy had turned into a fearless leader, the undeniable consequence of his infinite vision and ambition.”
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