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sufficient Line breaks: suf|fi¦cient
Pronunciation: /səˈfɪʃ(ə)nt/

Definition of sufficient in English:

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


Pronunciation: /səˈfɪʃ(ə)ntli/
Example sentences
  • Then as now, Egyptian artefacts were sufficiently unusual as to be valuable gifts.
  • The next requirement to ascertain is whether the breach is sufficiently serious.
  • Technology is sufficiently advanced to make real changes to the lives of patients.


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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