Definition of insufficient
: not sufficient : inadequate insufficient funds; especially : lacking adequate power, capacity, or competence insufficient bandwidth
Examples of insufficient in a sentence
The case was thrown out because of insufficient evidence.
there's been an insufficient number of volunteers for the job, so I'll have to select someone
Origin and Etymology of insufficient
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin insufficient-, insufficiens, from Latin in- + sufficient-, sufficiens sufficient
First Known Use: 14th century
INSUFFICIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insufficient for English Language Learners
: not having or providing enough of what is needed : not sufficient
INSUFFICIENT Defined for Kids
Definition of insufficient for Students
: not enough : not sufficient There was insufficient time to finish.
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