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sufficient

[suh-fish-uh nt] /səˈfɪʃ ənt/
adjective
1.
adequate for the purpose; enough:
sufficient proof; sufficient protection.
2.
Logic. (of a condition) such that its existence leads to the occurrence of a given event or the existence of a given thing.
Compare necessary (def 4c).
3.
Archaic. competent.
Origin of sufficient
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin sufficient- (stem of sufficiēns), present participle of sufficere to suffice, equivalent to suf- suf- + -fici-, present stem of -ficere, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ent- -ent
Related forms
sufficiently, adverb
oversufficient, adjective
oversufficiently, adverb
presufficient, adjective
presufficiently, adverb
quasi-sufficient, adjective
quasi-sufficiently, adverb
supersufficient, adjective
supersufficiently, adverb
Antonyms
1. meager, scant, inadequate.
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sufficient

/səˈfɪʃənt/
adjective
1.
enough to meet a need or purpose; adequate
2.
(logic) (of a condition) assuring the truth of a statement; requiring but not necessarily required by some other state of affairs Compare necessary (sense 3e)
3.
(archaic) competent; capable
noun
4.
a sufficient quantity
Derived Forms
sufficiently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin sufficiens supplying the needs of, from sufficere to suffice
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Word Origin and History for sufficiently
adv.

late 14c., from sufficient + -ly (2).

sufficient

adj.

early 14c., from Old French sufficient, from Latin sufficiens, present participle of sufficere (see suffice).

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