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
There was insufficient evidence to prove that the officers’ use of deadly force was objectively unreasonable, the agency said.
Yedinak said in an email that there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges.
The audit says ground lease payments the foundation received from 2014 to 2016 were insufficient to repay a loan from the foundation’s endowment.
The goods seized at the offices on June 22 were insufficient to cover the debt, the papers showed.
Rainey’s case was closed in March, when Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle wrote a memo concluding that there was insufficient evidence to prove that corrections officers turned the water up to scalding temperatures.
Civil rights groups said investigating and prosecuting hate crimes alone would be insufficient.
At one visit, months before the Houston boy, Harry Kothari, died, FDA inspectors warned the company its product sterilization process was insufficient.
Chrysler’s latest recall is insufficient, doesn’t meet our demands, and fails to include all inflators covered by Takata’s defect information report.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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