sufficient

sufficient
[[t]səfɪ̱ʃ(ə)nt[/t]]
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1) ADJ: oft ADJ to-inf, ADJ n to-inf, ADJ for n If something is sufficient for a particular purpose, there is enough of it for the purpose.

One metre of fabric is sufficient to cover the exterior of an 18-in-diameter hatbox...

Lighting levels should be sufficient for photography without flash...

There was not sufficient evidence to secure a conviction.

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sufficiently ADV

She recovered sufficiently to accompany Chou on his tour of Africa in 1964...

The holes were sufficiently large to serve as nests.

2) ADJ: ADJ n, oft with brd-neg If something is a sufficient cause or condition for something to happen, it can happen. [FORMAL]

Discipline is a necessary, but certainly not a sufficient condition for learning to take place.


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  • Sufficient — Suf*fi cient, a. [L. sufficiens, entis, p. pr. of sufficere: cf. F. suffisant. See {Suffice}.] 1. Equal to the end proposed; adequate to wants; enough; ample; competent; as, provision sufficient for the family; an army sufficient to defend the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sufficient — suf·fi·cient adj: enough to meet the needs under the law of a situation or a proposed end suf·fi·cient·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. sufficient …   Law dictionary

  • sufficient — [sə fish′ənt] adj. [ME < L sufficiens, prp. of sufficere: see SUFFICE] 1. as much as is needed; equal to what is specified or required; enough 2. competent; well qualified; able sufficiently adv. SYN. SUFFICIENT and ENOUGH agree in describing… …   English World dictionary

  • sufficient — early 14c., from O.Fr. sufficient, from L. sufficiens, prp. of sufficere (see SUFFICE (Cf. suffice)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sufficient — [adj] enough, adequate acceptable, agreeable, all right*, ample, aplenty, appreciate, comfortable, commensurable, commensurate, common, competent, copious, decent, due, galore, pleasing, plenteous, plentiful, plenty, proportionate, satisfactory,… …   New thesaurus

  • sufficient — ► ADJECTIVE & DETERMINER ▪ enough; adequate. DERIVATIVES sufficiently adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • sufficient — 01. Two hours should be [sufficient] time to finish the work. 02. Mark hadn t [sufficiently] cleaned the carpet, so we could still see the wine stains. 03. I question the [sufficiency] of a single one quart bottle of water for a half day hike on… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • sufficient — adj. 1) sufficient for 2) sufficient unto oneself ( independent ) 3) sufficient to + inf. (it would have been sufficient to send a brief note) * * * [sə fɪʃ(ə)nt] sufficient for sufficient unto oneself ( independent ) sufficient to + inf. (it… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sufficient — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin sufficient , sufficiens, from present participle of sufficere Date: 14th century 1. a. enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end < sufficient provisions for a month > b. being a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sufficient — suf|fi|cient W2S2 [səˈfıʃənt] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of sufficere; SUFFICE] as much as is needed for a particular purpose = ↑enough ≠ ↑insufficient ▪ We can only prosecute if there is sufficient… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sufficient — enough, sufficient, sufficiently 1. Enough functions as both an adjective and an adverb, whereas sufficient requires modification as sufficiently. As an adjective (or modifier), enough will normally serve, but sufficient is more idiomatic when a… …   Modern English usage

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