insufficient

[ in-suh-fish-uhnt ]
/ ˌɪn səˈfɪʃ ənt /

adjective

not sufficient; lacking in what is necessary or required: an insufficient answer.
deficient in force, quality, or amount; inadequate: insufficient protection.

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Origin of insufficient

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin insufficient- (stem of insufficiēns). See in-3, sufficient

OTHER WORDS FROM insufficient

in·suf·fi·cient·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for insufficient

insufficient
/ (ˌɪnsəˈfɪʃənt) /

adjective

not sufficient; inadequate or deficient

Derived forms of insufficient

insufficiently, adverb
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Medical definitions for insufficient

insufficient
[ ĭn′sə-fĭshənt ]

adj.

Not sufficient.
Incapable of proper functioning.
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