insufficient

adjective
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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Other Words from insufficient

insufficiently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for insufficient

Synonyms

deficient, inadequate, lacking, low, scarce, short, shy, wanting

Antonyms

adequate, enough, sufficient

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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

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The commission concluded that relying solely on law enforcement is insufficient because mass shootings are usually over in one to three minutes and police officers likely won’t arrive in time. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Education unions oppose calls to arm teachers," 11 Feb. 2019 The program may be canceled if enrollment is insufficient. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "University of Akron law school offers summer classes for incoming students," 8 Jan. 2018 According to these reports, health care is detainees’ most common complaint, and the collection of stories appears to illustrate a deep-rooted and persistent culture of insufficient medical attention in some facilities. Elaine Murphy, Teen Vogue, "What Really Happens Inside American Immigration Facilities and Detention Centers," 14 Jan. 2019 Initial reports indicated that the two worked closely on the CRSIPR-baby project, with Deem even present for the consent meetings with parents, which scientists across the globe have declared insufficient. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "CRISPR Baby Scientist Could Face Death Penalty, Colleague Fears," 8 Jan. 2019 Editor’s note: Foul weather, a group leader’s illness, insufficient sign-ups — many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Swedish pancake breakfast, Puyallup Home & Garden Show, ice-skating," 2 Jan. 2019 The investigation, conducted by outside counsel, found insufficient evidence to substantiate allegations against Seacrest. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "Why People Are Pissed Ryan Seacrest Wore a Time's Up Bracelet to the 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 Based on the overall quantity, quality and diversity of LGBTQ representation, a grade was then assigned to each studio: excellent, good, insufficient, poor or failing. Tre'vell Anderson, latimes.com, "GLAAD's report on LGBTQ representation in 2017 films finds inclusion trending down," 22 May 2018 The government’s Medicare program for seniors covers proton treatment more often than private insurers but is insufficient by itself to recoup the massive investment, analysts said. baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Proton Treatment Center's restructuring reflects a bubble in health care investment," 3 May 2018

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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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insufficient

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of insufficient

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

insufficient

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

Kids Definition of insufficient

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

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insufficiently adverb

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