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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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  • We had for every one of our corps twelve shot apiece, and in the rear a sufficiency of centners of powder, with ball and match.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Beyond a sufficiency for his daily needs money has not much value.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • If two or three hundred would send an equal number, we should have a sufficiency.

    Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
  • Indeed, there had been a sufficiency of law and lawyers in my affairs already.

    Dross Henry Seton Merriman
  • I divided the fish roots and buries, and was happy to find a sufficiency to satisfy compleatly all our appetites.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • These concern the sufficiency of the consideration and the moment when the contract is made.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • I consequently purchased a sufficiency of bread and cheese for myself, and of oats and barley for my horse.

  • Our sufficiency is of God, not of ourselves, and to Him we ascribe all honor and glory.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • Whip to a stiff froth a sufficiency of rich cream, adding to it some sugar, and heap it high upon the grated pine-apple.

  • Now, tailor,” he said, “you will have an order for a sufficiency of white duck.

    Blue Jackets George Manville Fenn
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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