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>

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

Definition of insufficient for English Language Learners

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


INSUFFICIENT Defined for Kids

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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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