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We have sufficient supplies.
  adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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sufficient insufficient sufficiently
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Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...
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  • We have sufficient supplies.
  • Is there sufficient cause for a search warrant?
  • I have sufficient savings to go two months before I get another job.
  • I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
    Philippians 1:20 (NIV)

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  • But even human sympathies were not sufficient to satisfy his eager mind.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Our army was but little indeed; and what was our greatest misfortune, we had not arms sufficient for them.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • Is the security sufficient?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The yacht moved rapidly on, though there did not appear to be sufficient wind to ruffle the curls on the head of a young girl.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • One reading was sufficient to stamp every detail of the story upon my memory forever.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life

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  • as soon as I could collect myself sufficiently I told her the things I had seen.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • In such cases he made use of English, broken and imperfect, but sufficiently intelligible,
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • the kennels of the females are larger, sufficient to hold two or three cubs.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • If there is sufficient oxygen to maintain a flame, the action of the flame increases air circulation, which then brings in more oxygen.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Misfortune gives sufficient excuse.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I have observed that, although the outlines of the figures upon the walls were sufficiently distinct, yet the colors seemed blurred and indefinite.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • ...wishing to establish whether it was sufficiently cooked or whether it should be sent back to the kitchen.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • ...an agitation sufficient to bring about the disaster.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • He looked sufficiently like a king, but he was ill able to feel like one.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • A wager ensu’d between the two captains, to be decided when there should be sufficient wind.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • He had stolen several times, but the gains had not been sufficient to offset his dread of being locked up;
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The fact that it had been thrust up the chimney would sufficiently account for these appearances.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • the furniture was decent and sufficient
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • they have no other attraction or reason for keeping the field than a trifle of stipend, which is not sufficient to make them willing to die for you.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • And the money was just sufficient.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I am not sufficiently acquainted with such subjects to know whether it is at all remarkable
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But neither his wife nor his daughter was sufficiently interested to ask an explanation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • A few months were sufficient to give him a distaste for this kind of life.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But I should like to have it proved; and of course you don’t care to tell the steps of the process sufficiently for me to do that, without my paying ye well for’t first.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Her income was only sufficient for the family support, and she needed the lodging money for...
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • The fact is, the business is very simple indeed, and I make no doubt that we can manage it sufficiently well ourselves; but then I thought Dupin would like to hear the details of it, because it is so excessively odd.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • "I have already, I think, told you a sufficient objection," answered Sophia.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • George was sufficiently alert to avoid the trap.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • ...finally he had gathered sufficient courage to tell her what was in his heart.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • We lack sufficient quantities of the drugs we need.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "The last reason, sir," said Plornish, "would be quite sufficient."
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • there was no can opener, and he finally extracted sufficient coffee for two cups by hammering a hole in the top of the can with a nail.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Many times I’d help Sandra with her housework, as I learned other ways to become self-sufficient.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • There is moderate machine-gun fire. It sweeps across from all directions, not very heavy, but always sufficient to make one keep down.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Winston had recovered himself sufficiently to speak.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • His two slogans, ’I will work harder’ and ’Napoleon is always right,’ seemed to him a sufficient answer to all problems.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • All the warm salt water of the bathing pool and the shouting and splashing and laughing were only just sufficient to bring them together again.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I thought I had made things sufficiently clear.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The scene of a day-dream is sufficient for a pilgrimage at nineteen.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • It had been a sufficiently rash act to buy the book in the beginning, and he had sworn never to come near the place again.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The place was self-sufficient: modest in comparison with the empires around it, the Landing nevertheless produced everything required to sustain life except ice, wheat flour, and articles of clothing, supplied by river-boats from Mobile.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
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