Definition of sufficiency in English:


Line breaks: suf|fi¦ciency
Pronunciation: /səˈfɪʃ(ə)nsi

noun (plural sufficiencies)

[mass noun]
  • 1The condition or quality of being adequate or sufficient: the judge would rule on the sufficiency of the provocation
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    • The main body of the paper will be taken up with elucidation and argument for the necessity and sufficiency of these conditions.
    • Either way, but particularly in the less optimistic scenario, this option raises issues regarding both numerical and qualitative sufficiency for carrying out potential missions fifteen or twenty years from now.
    • The factual basis upon which a legislature decides to enact a specific provision is not governed by the rules of admissibility and sufficiency of evidence that would apply in a court of law.
  • 1.1 [in singular] An adequate amount of something, especially of something essential: a sufficiency of good food
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    • It is perfectly true, of course, that inwardness - or self-cultivation or self-overcoming or whatever you like to call it - requires a sufficiency of material goods.
    • Additionally there is not a sufficiency of protection from the state.
    • In addition, each of these slaves was to have ‘a portion of land allotted to him, adequate to produce, by cultivating it, a sufficiency of ground provisions for himself and his family,’ to be cultivated on Saturday afternoons out of crop.
  • 1.2 archaic Self-sufficiency or independence of character, especially of an arrogant or imperious sort: the calm sufficiency of the born leader
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    • Yet this handful of churchmen is habituated to a life of devotion, worship, and communal living that gives them a depth of character that is lacking in their secular counterparts, most of whom live in a solitary sufficiency.
    • Surely, the last thing we want is to discover is that productive economic players are overtaken by a sudden sense of sufficiency.
    • The bakery, pharmacy, and orderliness suggest self-confidence if not sufficiency.


late 15th century (denoting sufficient means or wealth): from late Latin sufficientia, from the verb sufficere (see suffice).

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