1. Being as much as is needed; adequate; enough.
2. Archaic Competent; qualified.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sufficiēns, sufficient-, present participle of sufficere, to suffice; see SUFFICE.]
Synonyms: sufficient, acceptable, adequate, enough, satisfactory
These adjectives mean being what is needed without being in excess: has sufficient income to retire comfortably; made acceptable grades; put in an adequate supply of wood; drew enough water to fill the tub; offered a satisfactory sum for the property.
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