in·​suf·​fi·​cient | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈfi-shənt How to pronounce insufficient (audio) \

Definition of insufficient

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

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insufficiently adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, such devices have been used extensively in hospitals in China and Italy to help coronavirus patients with serious lung infections to breathe more easily when oxygen alone is insufficient. Alex Morales,, "F1 Team, University Boost U.K. Drive to Make Breathing Aids," 10 May 2020 And recognizing that business—and inclusion—as usual has been insufficient, may also feel like a type of loss. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Co-creating the world of inclusion that we want to come next," 21 Apr. 2020 Existing supplies—augmented already by a small number of transfers from the federal stockpile, other states and elsewhere—were going to be insufficient. ... Gerard Baker, WSJ, "A Murky Crisis Meets Our All-Too-Certain Pundits," 17 Apr. 2020 State Health Secretary Rachel Levine said Pennsylvania's testing capabilities are insufficient, and the number of tests conducted has declined in recent days. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "USNS Comfort docked in NY will start taking coronavirus patients from Philadelphia, 1 hour away," 17 Apr. 2020 But Dundon quickly found the Alliance’s revenue sources to be insufficient. Greg Luca,, "One year later, San Antonio Commanders’ sudden departure remains a shock," 11 Apr. 2020 Many small businesses have had trouble accessing loan applications, and many economists say the $350 billion is insufficient. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, "More than 1 in 10 US workers have lost their jobs in 3 weeks," 9 Apr. 2020 In explaining its decision, the agency attempted to downplay concerns that oversight will be insufficient, an issue that has plagued FDA officials for several years. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA postpones some inspections of U.S. manufacturing facilities," 18 Mar. 2020 There’s insufficient evidence to pin down an exact figure, though several studies have estimated that thousands of deaths annually are related to lacking coverage. USA TODAY, "Factcheck: A look at what Biden and Sanders got wrong during their Sunday debate," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of insufficient

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insufficient

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin insufficient-, insufficiens, from Latin in- + sufficient-, sufficiens sufficient

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The first known use of insufficient was in the 14th century

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15 May 2020

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“Insufficient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of insufficient

somewhat formal : not having or providing enough of what is needed : not sufficient


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Kids Definition of insufficient

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

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insufficiently adverb

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