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[suh-fish-uh nt] /səˈfɪʃ ənt/
adequate for the purpose; enough:
sufficient proof; sufficient protection.
Logic. (of a condition) such that its existence leads to the occurrence of a given event or the existence of a given thing.
Compare necessary (def 4c).
Archaic. competent.
Origin of sufficient
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin sufficient- (stem of sufficiēns), present participle of sufficere to suffice, equivalent to suf- suf- + -fici-, present stem of -ficere, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ent- -ent
Related forms
sufficiently, adverb
oversufficient, adjective
oversufficiently, adverb
presufficient, adjective
presufficiently, adverb
quasi-sufficient, adjective
quasi-sufficiently, adverb
supersufficient, adjective
supersufficiently, adverb
1. meager, scant, inadequate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sufficient
  • None of these points are discussed in detail or backed up with sufficient evidence.
  • The government should make sufficient efforts to rehabilitate these local people, villagers, tribes from these forests.
  • To cross it and then to come right back-that would be entirely sufficient, would satisfy my inexplicable yet acute hunger.
  • The stimulus alone, as it stands now, won't be sufficient to counter that fall.
  • The virus alone may not be sufficient to cause the bee dropoff.
  • During the three-week expedition, the group has little contact with the outside world and must be totally self-sufficient.
  • As a result, their pups did not have time to put on sufficient weight to hibernate successfully and are now starving.
  • After reaching a sufficient concentration, the samples will be tested to determine which strains of flu viruses are present.
  • However technically sufficient the images may have been, they don't actually mean anything to anyone.
  • Each is a self-sufficient unit, as are many of the brigades.
British Dictionary definitions for sufficient


enough to meet a need or purpose; adequate
(logic) (of a condition) assuring the truth of a statement; requiring but not necessarily required by some other state of affairs Compare necessary (sense 3e)
(archaic) competent; capable
a sufficient quantity
Derived Forms
sufficiently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin sufficiens supplying the needs of, from sufficere to suffice
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Word Origin and History for sufficient

early 14c., from Old French sufficient, from Latin sufficiens, present participle of sufficere (see suffice).

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