[suh-fish-uh n-see]


the state or fact of being sufficient; adequacy.
a sufficient number or amount; enough.
adequate provision or supply, especially of wealth.

Nearby words

  1. suffering,
  2. sufferingly,
  3. suffern,
  4. suffice,
  5. suffice it to say,
  6. sufficient,
  7. sufficient condition,
  8. sufficient reason,
  9. sufficiently,
  10. suffix

Origin of sufficiency

1485–95; < Late Latin sufficientia; see sufficient, -ency

Related formso·ver·suf·fi·cien·cy, nounpre·suf·fi·cien·cy, nounsu·per·suf·fi·cien·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sufficiency


noun plural -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.

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