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.

Origin of insufficient

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin insufficient- (stem of insufficiēns). See in-3, sufficient
Related formsin·suf·fi·cient·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for insufficiently

insufficient

/ (ˌɪnsəˈfɪʃənt) /

adjective

not sufficient; inadequate or deficient
Derived Formsinsufficiently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insufficiently

insufficient


adj.

late 14c., from Old French insufficient (14c.), from Latin insufficientem (nominative insufficiens) "insufficient," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + sufficientem (see sufficient). Originally of persons, "inadequate, unable;" of things, from late 15c. Related: Insufficiently.

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Medicine definitions for insufficiently

insufficient

[ ĭn′sə-fĭshənt ]

adj.

Not sufficient.
Incapable of proper functioning.
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