sufficient

adjective
suf·​fi·​cient | \ sə-ˈfi-shənt How to pronounce sufficient (audio) \

Definition of sufficient

1a : enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end sufficient provisions for a month
2 archaic : qualified, competent

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sufficiently adverb

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sufficient, enough, adequate, competent mean being what is necessary or desirable. sufficient suggests a close meeting of a need. sufficient savings enough is less exact in suggestion than sufficient. do you have enough food? adequate may imply barely meeting a requirement. the service was adequate competent suggests measuring up to all requirements without question or being adequately adapted to an end. had no competent notion of what was going on

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web If the House Judiciary Committee deems there are sufficient grounds, its members write and pass articles of impeachment, which then proceed to the full House for a vote, according to the U.S. House of Representatives History, Art and Archives site. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Which U.S. presidents have faced impeachment?," 11 Jan. 2021 But there is a danger that Democrats will see these steps as sufficient to meet the current crisis—that come January 20, when the real adults take charge, democracy will have been, well, saved. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "Democrats Shouldn’t Just Restore American Democracy. They Should Reinvent It.," 9 Jan. 2021 In many Arab countries, these systems failed to provide sufficient public goods or equity. Paul Salem, Time, "Why the Arab Spring Failed—And Why It May Yet Succeed," 6 Jan. 2021 Peter Navarro releases 36-page report alleging election fraud 'more than sufficient' to swing victory to Trump https://t.co/D8KrMHnFdK. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s Capitol Hill terrorists affirmed the truth: America should not be restored. It must be rebuilt," 6 Jan. 2021 For many people, only a religious belief that justice will ultimately be done, whether in the afterlife or at the end of days, can provide sufficient consolation. Hari Kunzru, Harpers Magazine, "Complexity," 5 Jan. 2021 Oxygen saturation at that threshold and above allows for sufficient blood flow in most patients, the memo said. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "'Care now has to be rationed': Los Angeles COVID-19 spike is crushing hospitals," 5 Jan. 2021 There are ongoing concerns about whether there will be sufficient ventilators, and oxygen tanks have occasionally run low. Author: Matt Hamilton And Rong-gong Lin Ii, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s ‘World War III,’ says LA County doctor beset by intensely sick COVID-19 patients," 3 Jan. 2021 As the proposal stands, a vast quantity of farmland would need to go unplanted to put sufficient water in Lake Powell, Wockner said. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "Climate's toll on the Colorado River: 'We can weather maybe a couple of years'," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of sufficient

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sufficient

Middle English sufficiant, sufficient, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French suffisant, sufficient, in part from present participle of suffire "to suffice," in part borrowed from Latin sufficient-, sufficiens, from present participle of sufficere "to have enough strength or capacity, be adequate" — more at suffice

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“Sufficient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sufficient. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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sufficient

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English Language Learners Definition of sufficient

somewhat formal : having or providing as much as is needed

sufficient

adjective
suf·​fi·​cient | \ sə-ˈfi-shənt How to pronounce sufficient (audio) \

Kids Definition of sufficient

: enough to achieve a goal or fill a need sufficient evidence

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sufficiently adverb

sufficient

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Legal Definition of sufficient

: enough to meet the needs under the law of a situation or a proposed end

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