What does sufficient mean?

Definitions for sufficient
səˈfɪʃ əntsuf·fi·cient

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sufficientadjective

    of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant

    "sufficient food"


  1. sufficientadjective

    Equal to the end proposed; adequate to wants; enough; ample; competent; as,

    Sufficient of us are against this idea that we should stop now.

  2. sufficientadjective

    The smallest amount needed.

    Sufficient of us are against this idea that we should stop now.

  3. sufficientadjective

    Possessing adequate talents or accomplishments; of competent power or ability; qualified; fit.

    A two-week training course is sufficient to get a job in the coach-driving profession.

  4. sufficientadjective

    Capable of meeting obligations; responsible.

  5. sufficientadjective

    self-sufficient; self-satisfied; content.

  6. Etymology: From sufficiens, present participle of sufficio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sufficientadjective

    Etymology: suffisant, Fr. sufficiens, Latin.

    Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Mat. vi. 34.

    Heaven yet retains
    Number sufficient to possess her realms. John Milton.

    Man is not sufficient of himself to his own happiness. John Tillotson.

    It is sufficient for me, if, by a discourse something out of the way, I shall have given occasion to others to cast about for new discoveries. John Locke.

    She would ruin me in silks, were not the quantity that goes to a large pin-cushion sufficient to make her a gown and petticoat. Addison.

    Sufficient benefice is what is competent to maintain a man and his family, and maintain hospitality; and likewise to pay and satisfy such dues belonging to the bishop. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    Seven months are a sufficient time to correct vice in a Yahoo. Jonathan Swift.

    In saying he is a good man, understand me, that he is sufficient. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.


  1. sufficient

    In logic and mathematics, necessity and sufficiency are terms used to describe a conditional or implicational relationship between two statements. For example, in the conditional statement: "If P then Q", Q is necessary for P, because the truth of Q is guaranteed by the truth of P (equivalently, it is impossible to have P without Q). Similarly, P is sufficient for Q, because P being true always implies that Q is true, but P not being true does not always imply that Q is not true.In general, a necessary condition is one that must be present in order for another condition to occur, while a sufficient condition is one that produces the said condition. The assertion that a statement is a "necessary and sufficient" condition of another means that the former statement is true if and only if the latter is true. That is, the two statements must be either simultaneously true, or simultaneously false.In ordinary English (also natural language) "necessary" and "sufficient" indicate relations between conditions or states of affairs, not statements. For example, being a male is a necessary condition for being a brother, but it is not sufficient—while being a male sibling is a necessary and sufficient condition for being a brother. Any conditional statement consists of at least one sufficient condition and at least one necessary condition.


  1. sufficient

    Sufficient refers to something that is adequate or enough in quantity, quality, or degree to meet a certain need, requirement, or purpose. It implies having reached the necessary level, amount, or extent to carry out a specific task or activity successfully.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sufficientadjective

    equal to the end proposed; adequate to wants; enough; ample; competent; as, provision sufficient for the family; an army sufficient to defend the country

  2. Sufficientadjective

    possessing adequate talents or accomplishments; of competent power or ability; qualified; fit

  3. Sufficientadjective

    capable of meeting obligations; responsible

  4. Sufficientadjective

    self-sufficient; self-satisfied; content

Editors Contribution

  1. sufficient

    To provide an accurate amount.

    They had sufficient passion, food and soul to create a simple yet effective environment for a simple wedding.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sufficient' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1739

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sufficient' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2559

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sufficient' in Adjectives Frequency: #224

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sufficient in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sufficient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sufficient in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Grassley:

    As I've said before, Congress requires written reasons justifying an IG's removal. A general lack of confidence simply is not sufficient detail to satisfy Congress.

  2. Billene Seyoum:

    The prime minister need not be a darling of the west, east, south or north, it is sufficient that he stands for the people of Ethiopia and the development of the nation.

  3. Donald Trump:

    It is like a massive wildfire that is burning the African-American community, and society has not devoted sufficient resources to control it, much less extinguish it.

  4. Confucius:

    When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.

  5. Daniel Cameron:

    As Special Prosecutor, it was my decision to ask for an indictment on charges that could be proven under Kentucky law, indictments obtained in the absence of sufficient proof under the law do not stand up and are not fundamentally fair to anyone.

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