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[suh-fish-uh n-see] /səˈfɪʃ ən si/
the state or fact of being sufficient; adequacy.
a sufficient number or amount; enough.
adequate provision or supply, especially of wealth.
Origin of sufficiency
1485-95; < Late Latin sufficientia; see sufficient, -ency
Related forms
oversufficiency, noun
presufficiency, noun
supersufficiency, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sufficiency
Historical Examples
  • With national ownership a sufficiency of cars would be provided.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • With them he fences heroically and causes a sufficiency of clatter and noise.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Beyond a sufficiency for his daily needs money has not much value.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Indeed, there had been a sufficiency of law and lawyers in my affairs already.


    Henry Seton Merriman
  • These concern the sufficiency of the consideration and the moment when the contract is made.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Our sufficiency is of God, not of ourselves, and to Him we ascribe all honor and glory.

    The Right Knock

    Helen Van-Anderson
  • For the greater part of his life he never knew what it was to have a sufficiency of means.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
  • As God, He has a sufficiency of it for every moment of the life of every believer.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • Save a "sufficiency of fish" from the first runs, he wisely ordered.

  • One knows not entirely:—but with soap and a sufficiency of water, he can wash.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for sufficiency


noun (pl) -cies
the quality or condition of being sufficient
an adequate amount or quantity, as of income
(archaic) efficiency
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Word Origin and History for sufficiency

late 15c., from Latin sufficientia, from sufficiens (see sufficient) + -cy. Sufficience is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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