sufficiency

noun
suf·​fi·​cien·​cy | \ sə-ˈfi-shən(t)-sē How to pronounce sufficiency (audio) \
plural sufficiencies

Definition of sufficiency

1 : sufficient means to meet one's needs : competency also : a modest but adequate scale of living
2 : the quality or state of being sufficient : adequacy

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Examples of sufficiency in a Sentence

the sufficiency of the portions is such that you will leave the restaurant with a full stomach but without doggie bags

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There are so many ways to instill self-sufficiency in children, but withholding comfort is not one of them. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: He says I’m teaching our kids to be wussies," 10 June 2019 There are so many ways to instill self-sufficiency in children, but withholding comfort is not one of them. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Parents argue over putting their kids on ice," 10 June 2019 Gabriela’s grandmother was an early subscriber to the Whole Earth Catalog, the late-sixties counterculture magazine devoted to self-sufficiency. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 2019 The area’s high cost of living, fueled in large part by the current tech boom, acts as an obstacle to self-sufficiency. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s Bezos needs to tackle poverty as boldly as he talks about space," 8 Oct. 2018 Heating with wood is a study in stubborn self-sufficiency. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide To Cutting and Splitting Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 Different communities will value self-sufficiency differently. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 The left celebrates victimhood over resilience and self-sufficiency. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "The Roots of Political Polarization," 1 Nov. 2018 To founders Jonathan Marvel, Cristina Roig-Morris, and Walter Meyer, one of the most urgent challenges facing Puerto Rico is self-sufficiency. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sufficiency

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sufficiency

earlier sufficience in same sense (going back to Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin sufficientia, from Latin sufficient-, sufficiens sufficient + -ia -ia entry 1) + -ency

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sufficiency

noun
suf·​fi·​cien·​cy

Legal Definition of sufficiency

: the quality or state of being sufficient the sufficiency of the evidence to convict

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