Examples of sufficient in a Sentence
Considering that John Adams was notoriously insecure about his own place in history, he surely would have enjoyed his current renown. He and Abigail get pride of place in the family crypt, down a winding staircase in the church basement. On her plaque in the crypt, she is described as a “model of domestic worth,” as though she were a particularly charming chifforobe, and not a woman who survived a troubled marriage with sufficient courage that both houses of Congress adjourned upon hearing of her death. —Charles P. Pierce, Boston Globe Magazine, 26 July 2009
Because canines are, for the most part, unable to naturally manufacture sufficient vitamins to meet their daily requirements, a dog's routinely consumed meals, with some exceptions, must be augmented with them during the manufacturing process. —Tom Ewing, Dog Watch, February 2009
And since this policy is usually accompanied by a pledge to provide sufficient scholarship funds to admitted applicants who cannot afford the full cost (around $45,000 in the Ivy League today), it is an expensive policy. —Andrew Delbanco, New York Review of Books, 29 Mar. 2007
The result was a magnificent example of evidence overkill—the first set of prints alone was sufficient to match the gangbanger to a set in the national Automated Fingerprint Identification System database. —Jessica Snyder Sachs, Popular Science, March 2004
A brisk walk is sufficient to raise your heart rate.
There must be sufficient funds in your bank account to cover the check.
Her explanation was not sufficient to satisfy the police.
Recent Examples of sufficient from the Web
Nostalgia for a self-sufficient, cozy Little England that is long gone.
Italian authorities are looking into whether the company did not pay a sufficient amount of tax.
Mansholt’s dream was for Europe to become as self-sufficient as possible in food.
Furthermore, an alliance between the Socialists and Podemos would in itself not be sufficient to win a parliamentary vote and would also require the backing of other smaller parties.
So was a Mediterranean salad plate that, at $10 in a quantity sufficient for two people to share, puts the salads at many a Houston pizzeria or white tablecloth Italian to shame - both in terms of value and flavor.
The problem isn't a lack of the economy producing sufficient income to make everybody's living standards improve —
(Remember that Attorney General Ed Meese gave Oliver North and Fawn Hall sufficient time to spirit critical documents out of their offices before revealing the scandal to the world.)
Now, if all your regime wants to do is bankroll mischief abroad while buying off its rural poor (Chavizmo, Persian-style), then having one of the world's biggest reserves in oil and gas is sufficient — when prices are high.
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Origin and Etymology of sufficient
Middle English, from Latin sufficient-, sufficiens, from present participle of sufficere —see suffice
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of sufficient
SUFFICIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sufficient for English Language Learners
: having or providing as much as is needed
SUFFICIENT Defined for Kids
Definition of sufficient for Students
: enough to achieve a goal or fill a need sufficient evidence
Legal Definition of sufficient
: enough to meet the needs under the law of a situation or a proposed end
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