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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sufficient in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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From Old French sufisanz, soficient, from Latin sufficiēns, present participle of sufficiō.


  • IPA(key): /səˈfɪʃənt/
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  • Hyphenation: suf‧fi‧cient


sufficient (comparative more sufficient, superlative most sufficient)

  1. Equal to the end proposed; adequate to what is needed; enough
    We have provision sufficient for the family
    This army is sufficient to defend the country.
    There is not sufficient access to the internet in many small rural villages.
    Synonyms: ample, competent
  2. Possessing adequate talents or accomplishments; of competent power or ability; qualified; fit.
    A two-week training course is sufficient to get a job in the coach-driving profession.
  3. (archaic) Capable of meeting obligations; responsible.
    • 1668, Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys December 23 1668 take the best ways we can, to make it known to the Duke of York; for, till Sir J. Minnes be removed, and a sufficient man brought into W. Pen's place, when he is gone, it is impossible for this Office ever to support itself.
  4. self-sufficient; self-satisfied; content.


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  1. The smallest amount needed.
    Sufficient of us are against this idea that we should stop now.


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  1. third-person plural future active indicative of sufficiō