Meaning of SUFFICIENCY in English


-nsē, -nsi noun

( -es )

Etymology: Late Latin sufficientia, from Latin sufficient-, sufficiens sufficient + -ia -y

1. : sufficient means to meet one's obligations or satisfy on's needs : competency ; also : a modest but not parsimonious scale or way of living : adequate comfort

2. : the quality or state of being sufficient or adequate to the end proposed : adequacy

question the sufficiency of the equipment

: enough

eat a sufficiency

3. : the character or fact of being qualified : ability , capacity

the sufficiency of the present laws to meet a severe financial crisis

4. : conceit , self-confidence , self-sufficiency

the master had not flinched … nor … did he betray the least sufficiency — R.L.Stevenson

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