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
Recent Examples of insufficient from the Web
This may be because high blood pressure can, over time, contribute to insufficient blood flow to the brain.
Still, his support for the Paris deal was insufficient to persuade Trump to stay in.
These studies are insufficient to demonstrate a causal link.
Bedford police officials say the case has not been presented to a grand jury because there is insufficient evidence to indicate who may be responsible for the baby’s death.
But even the 2017 increase might be insufficient for dredging to continue the free flow of ocean-going vessels through the lower river through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, Pawlik said.
Fernandez Rundle said that there was insufficient evidence to prove a crime, largely because the medical examiner ruled his death an accident.
Reliance Communications’ cash generation and unrestricted cash of around $200 million would be insufficient to pay its short-term debt of around $600-$650 million, said Nitin Soni, director, Asia-Pacific corporate ratings at Fitch Ratings.
It’s caused by insufficient amounts of iron in the body.
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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
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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