Definition of insufficient in English:


Line breaks: in|suf¦fi|cient
Pronunciation: /ɪnsəˈfɪʃ(ə)nt


Not enough; inadequate: there was insufficient evidence to convict him
More example sentences
  • These causes might be anything from insufficient training to inadequate technology.
  • So far there has been insufficient evidence to link financially any of the visits to a particular member.
  • He was charged with murder in 1997 but the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence.
inadequate, not enough, too little;
too few, too small, deficient, poor, scant, scanty;
scarce, sparse, short, in short supply, at a premium;
skimpy, sketchy, incomplete, restricted, limited
informal measly, pathetic, piddling
rare exiguous


late Middle English (in the sense 'incapable, incompetent'): via Old French from late Latin insufficient- 'not sufficing', from in- 'not' + Latin sufficere (see suffice).



More example sentences
  • In a considerable proportion it was insufficiently described and sometimes inadequately applied.
  • He said the order book had been insufficiently strong.
  • He is upset because magistrates deemed a bouncer that he hired was insufficiently trained, despite being licensed by the authority.

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