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Definition adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
  • We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough)
  • Is there sufficient cause for a search warrant?
  • sufficient = adequate (enough)
  • 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)
  • ...finally he had gathered sufficient courage to tell her what was in his heart.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • sufficient = enough
  • 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
  • insufficient = not adequate
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in insufficient means not and reverses the meaning of sufficient. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • I thought I had made things sufficiently clear.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • sufficiently = adequately
  • A few months were sufficient to give him a distaste for this kind of life.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • sufficient = adequate without being abundant
  • Is the security sufficient?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • sufficient = adequate
  • One reading was sufficient to stamp every detail of the story upon my memory forever.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • sufficient = adequate
  • 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
  • sufficient = adequate (enough)
  • 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
  • sufficient = adequate (enough)
  • We lack sufficient quantities of the drugs we need.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • sufficient = adequate (without being more than is needed)
  • 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
  • sufficient = adequate (enough)
  • George was sufficiently alert to avoid the trap.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • sufficiently = adequately (in a manner that provides enough — often without being more than is needed)
  • 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
  • sufficient = adequate (without extra)
  • In such cases he made use of English, broken and imperfect, but sufficiently intelligible,
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • sufficiently = adequately (in a manner that provides enough — often without being more than is needed)
  • And the money was just sufficient.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
  • But neither his wife nor his daughter was sufficiently interested to ask an explanation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • sufficiently = adequately (in a manner that provides enough — often without being more than is needed)
  • But before the boys could sufficiently admire the car, Mama and Big Ma shooed us toward the church for the service.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
sufficiently = in a manner that is good enough

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