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[in-suh-fish-uh nt] /ˌɪn səˈfɪʃ ənt/
not sufficient; lacking in what is necessary or required:
an insufficient answer.
deficient in force, quality, or amount; inadequate:
insufficient protection.
Origin of insufficient
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin insufficient- (stem of insufficiēns). See in-3, sufficient
Related forms
insufficiently, adverb
1. inadequate, scanty, deficient. Unabridged
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  • There may be signs of chronically insufficient oxygen levels in the blood.
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  • Doctors placed the latest artificial heart recipient on dialysis today because of insufficient kidney function.
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  • At the beginning its leaves were plagued with white spots, which the researchers chalked up to insufficient nutrients.
British Dictionary definitions for insufficient


not sufficient; inadequate or deficient
Derived Forms
insufficiently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insufficient

late 14c., from Old French insufficient (14c.), from Latin insufficientem (nominative insufficiens) "insufficient," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + sufficientem (see sufficient). Originally of persons, "inadequate, unable;" of things, from late 15c. Related: Insufficiently.

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insufficient in Medicine

insufficient in·suf·fi·cient (ĭn'sə-fĭsh'ənt)

  1. Not sufficient.

  2. Incapable of proper functioning.

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