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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 sufficiently
  • Even when the ocean seems calm, swells are moving water up and down sufficiently to generate electricity.
  • But snow pack and other natural insulators can keep the frogs sufficiently warm during their winter hibernation.
  • If your mailbox is sufficiently sized, then check with the post office to see if the magazine arrives in good condition.
  • The plane managed to glide sufficiently out of the ash plume for three of the four badly damaged engines to restart.
  • Part of the problem globally is that that the green-growth case has not been made sufficiently convincing.
  • Despite his generous compensation, he is sufficiently ungrateful to let it be known that he would be happier working elsewhere.
  • The latter is sufficiently ambiguous that it makes me nervous.
  • If the student loans are at a sufficiently low rate, then it makes no economic sense to pay them off early.
  • If it was sufficiently random and non-memorable, this should be easy.
  • The opponent's staff was sufficiently piqued to complain.
British Dictionary definitions for sufficiently


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 sufficiently

late 14c., from sufficient + -ly (2).



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

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