What does insufficient mean?

Definitions for insufficient
ˌɪn səˈfɪʃ əntin·suf·fi·cient

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insufficient, deficientadjective

    of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

    "insufficient funds"


  1. insufficientadjective

    Not sufficient.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Insufficientadjective

    Inadequate to any need, use, or purpose; wanting abilities; incapable; unfit.

    Etymology: insufficient, French; in and sufficient.

    The bishop to whom they shall be presented, may justly reject them as incapable and insufficient. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    We are weak, dependant creatures, insufficient to our own happiness, full of wants which of ourselves we cannot relieve, exposed to a numerous train of evils which we know not how to divert. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Fasting kills by the bad state, not by the insufficient quantity of fluids. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. insufficient

    Insufficient refers to a situation where something is not enough or does not meet the requirements, conditions or standards needed. It indicates that more of a specific substance, item, quality, skill, or time is needed in order to complete a task or to achieve a goal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insufficientadjective

    not sufficient; not enough; inadequate to any need, use, or purpose; as, the provisions are insufficient in quantity, and defective in quality

  2. Insufficientadjective

    wanting in strength, power, ability, capacity, or skill; incompetent; incapable; unfit; as, a person insufficient to discharge the duties of an office

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Insufficient

    in-suf-fish′ent, adj. not sufficient: deficient: unfit: incapable.—ns. Insuffic′iency, Insuffic′ience (rare).—adv. Insuffic′iently.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'insufficient' in Adjectives Frequency: #831

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insufficient in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insufficient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of insufficient in a Sentence

  1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    To greed, all nature is insufficient.

  2. The DOJ:

    Based on this evidence and the high burdens of the applicable federal laws, career prosecutors have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Tamir did not reach for his toy gun; thus, there is insufficient evidence to establish that Officer Loehmann acted unreasonably under the circumstances.

  3. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    We are in favor of a solid agreement ... for now there remain difficulties, there has been progress but as far as the volume, checks and duration of the envisaged commitments are concerned, the situation is still insufficient, so there is more work to be done.

  4. The Postal Service:

    The Postal Service remains concerned that this measure will be insufficient to enable The Postal Service to withstand the significant downturn in our business that could directly result from the pandemic, under a worst case scenario, such downturn could result in the Postal Service having insufficient liquidity to continue operations.

  5. Lois McMaster Bujold:

    But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain

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