What is the opposite of surplus?

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Adjective
Opposite of being in excess
Adjective
Opposite of unnecessary, especially through being more than enough
Adjective
Opposite of added to an existing or usual amount or number
“It's not often necessary to do more than the required amount of hours, but employers do look more favorably on those who do.”
Adjective
Opposite of left as an unused portion
Adjective
Opposite of supplemental or added to something
“The broth needed less salt and pepper to allow its natural flavors to shine.”
Adjective
Opposite of separated from a usual pair or set
Paired shoes were mounted on the vertical, diagonal, and horizontal slabs behind the display window.”
Adjective
Opposite of unreasonable or inappropriate in magnitude
“We only ate a moderate amount of food at the party.”
Adjective
Opposite of something kept in reserve as a spare or backup
Noun
Opposite of a quantity or amount left over in excess of what is required
Noun
Opposite of a part or quantity that is left after the greater part has been used, removed, or destroyed
Noun
Opposite of an abundance or large quantity of something
Noun
Opposite of a large surplus stock of a commodity
Noun
Opposite of the remaining (other) people or things
“The enlisted men making up the core of the group were temporarily picked from rifle companies.”
Noun
(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.”
Noun
Opposite of the presence of excess fat in a person or animal
“Jackson's stark thinness was suggestive of heavy starvation, whereas his sister was plump in appearance.”
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