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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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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Numerology

  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. Scott Faber:

    Under the law, if there isn't sufficient science to demonstrate safety, Environmental Protection Agency is obligated to ban the pesticide, that's why a number of similar pesticides, what are called organophosphate pesticides, are no longer in use in the US.

  2. Bernard Mandeville:

    If courtesans and strumpets were to be prosecuted with as much rigor as some silly people would have it, what locks or bars would be sufficient to preserve the honor of our wives and daughters?

  3. Arnulfo Robles:

    That's why we should have more local coal mining companies operating for us to be energy self-sufficient.

  4. David Stilwell:

    To date, and then given the retraction of the Extradition Act, the determination is still that Hong Kong is in accordance with the Hong Kong Policy Act, has sufficient autonomy to continue, withdrawing the extradition law is a very positive step.

  5. David Petraeus:

    Until it is capped, it is going to continue to spew radioactive instability and extremist ideology over the entire region, any strategy to stabilize the region thus needs to take into account the challenges in both Iraq and Syria. It is not sufficient to say that we'll figure them out later.

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