adjective suf·fi·cient \sə-ˈfi-shənt\

: having or providing as much as is needed

Full Definition of SUFFICIENT

a :  enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end <sufficient provisions for a month>
b :  being a sufficient condition
archaic :  qualified, competent
suf·fi·cient·ly adverb

Examples of SUFFICIENT

  1. A brisk walk is sufficient to raise your heart rate.
  2. There must be sufficient funds in your bank account to cover the check.
  3. Her explanation was not sufficient to satisfy the police.
  4. Considering that John Adams was notoriously insecure about his own place in history, he surely would have enjoyed his current renown. He and Abigail get pride of place in the family crypt, down a winding staircase in the church basement. On her plaque in the crypt, she is described as a model of domestic worth, as though she were a particularly charming chifforobe, and not a woman who survived a troubled marriage with sufficient courage that both houses of Congress adjourned upon hearing of her death. —Charles P. Pierce, Boston Globe Magazine, 26 July 2009


Middle English, from Latin sufficient-, sufficiens, from present participle of sufficere (see suffice)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of SUFFICIENT

sufficient, enough, adequate, competent mean being what is necessary or desirable. sufficient suggests a close meeting of a need <sufficient savings>. enough is less exact in suggestion than sufficient <do you have enough food?>. adequate may imply barely meeting a requirement <the service was adequate>. competent suggests measuring up to all requirements without question or being adequately adapted to an end <had no competent notion of what was going on>.

Rhymes with SUFFICIENT

SUFFICIENTLY Defined for Kids


adjective suf·fi·cient \sə-ˈfi-shənt\

Definition of SUFFICIENT for Kids

:  enough to achieve a goal or fill a need <sufficient evidence>
suf·fi·cient·ly adverb


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