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[suh-fish-uh n-see] /səˈfɪʃ ən si/
the state or fact of being sufficient; adequacy.
a sufficient number or amount; enough.
adequate provision or supply, especially of wealth.
Origin of sufficiency
1485-95; < Late Latin sufficientia; see sufficient, -ency
Related forms
oversufficiency, noun
presufficiency, noun
supersufficiency, noun Unabridged
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  • They symbolize much that has been lost to progress wide-open spaces, self-sufficiency and a sense of unabridged freedom.
  • Surviving here, an arduous hike from the nearest village, demands self-sufficiency.
  • The main similarity is their daring and self-sufficiency.
  • Rigor, discipline and self-sufficiency are waning at an unacceptable rate.
  • It does mean that they have to be exposed to activities that enable or require self-sufficiency, early and often.
  • College either teaches or destroys self-sufficiency.
  • But in space, cultivating such self-sufficiency is a different story.
  • They have also developed urine tests for iodine sufficiency and bromine excretion.
  • Self-sufficiency will destroy those markets and further impoverish those countries.
  • It is our human values that will demonstrate either their sufficiency or to be wanting.
British Dictionary definitions for sufficiency


noun (pl) -cies
the quality or condition of being sufficient
an adequate amount or quantity, as of income
(archaic) efficiency
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Word Origin and History for sufficiency

late 15c., from Latin sufficientia, from sufficiens (see sufficient) + -cy. Sufficience is from late 14c.

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