Definition of sufficient in English:


Line breaks: suf|fi¦cient
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
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    • 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



More 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).

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