There is an adjective "lacking" which could be used in a form like "lacking in sth", e.g.

He is lacking in confidence.

Is it possible to use it without providing specific area, e.g.

He is lacking.

Meaning that he is just lacking in general, missing something that I cannot define right now.

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I think you could use it that way, but if you do, you should be prepared for a question, like
Lacking in what way? or
What does he lack?

It would be like saying "He's not good enough." or "He just won't do.", without saying why.

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