Definition of sufficient in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈfɪʃ(ə)nt/

adjective& determiner

Enough; adequate: [as adjective]: he had a small private income which was sufficient for her needs [as determiner]: they had sufficient resources to survive
More example sentences
  • This would not happen if we had sufficient staff and resources to do our job properly.
  • If it can do all that in sufficient numbers, it might be enough to start spooking its rivals.
  • That experience was sufficient to prove to me that handling these big schemes is no easy matter.
enough, adequate, plenty of, ample, abundant
informal plenty


Middle English (in the sense 'legally satisfactory'): from Old French, or from Latin sufficient- 'meeting the need of' (see suffice).

Words that rhyme with sufficient

coefficient, efficient, proficient

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Line breaks: suf|fi¦cient

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