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SUFFICIENCY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sufficiency mean? 

SUFFICIENCY (noun)
  The noun SUFFICIENCY has 3 senses:

1. sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet obligations
2. an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose
3. the quality of being sufficient for the end in view

  Familiarity information: SUFFICIENCY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUFFICIENCY (noun)


Sense 1sufficiency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet obligations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

her father questioned the young suitor's sufficiency

Hypernyms ("sufficiency" is a kind of...):

wealth; wealthiness (the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money)


Sense 2sufficiency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

enough; sufficiency

Context examples:

enough is as good as a feast / there is more than a sufficiency of lawyers in this country

Hypernyms ("sufficiency" is a kind of...):

relative quantity (a quantity relative to some purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sufficiency"):

fill (a quantity sufficient to satisfy)


Sense 3sufficiency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being sufficient for the end in view

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

adequacy; sufficiency

Context example:

he questioned the sufficiency of human intelligence

Hypernyms ("sufficiency" is a kind of...):

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

Attribute:

ample (more than enough in size or scope or capacity)

meager; meagerly; meagre; scrimpy; stingy (deficient in amount or quality or extent)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sufficiency"):

ampleness (the property of being more than sufficient; comfortable sufficiency)

Antonym:

insufficiency (lack of an adequate quantity or number)


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