insufficient

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adjective in·suf·fi·cient \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈfi-shənt\

Definition of insufficient

  1. :  not sufficient :  inadequate insufficient funds; especially :  lacking adequate power, capacity, or competence insufficient bandwidth

insufficiently

adverb

Examples of insufficient in a Sentence

  1. The case was thrown out because of insufficient evidence.

  2. there's been an insufficient number of volunteers for the job, so I'll have to select someone

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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

insufficient

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Definition of insufficient for English Language Learners

  • : not having or providing enough of what is needed : not sufficient


INSUFFICIENT Defined for Kids

insufficient

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adjective in·suf·fi·cient \ˌin-sə-ˈfi-shənt\

Definition of insufficient for Students

  1. :  not enough :  not sufficient There was insufficient time to finish.

insufficiently

adverb


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