adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin sufficient-, sufficiens, from present participle of sufficere Date: 14th century 1. a. enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end <
sufficient provisions for a month
b. being a sufficient condition 2. archaic qualified, competentsufficiently adverb Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • sufficient — suf|fi|cient W2S2 [səˈfıʃənt] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of sufficere; SUFFICE] as much as is needed for a particular purpose = ↑enough ≠ ↑insufficient ▪ We can only prosecute if there is sufficient… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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