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English noun: sufficiency

1. sufficiency (state) sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet obligations

SamplesHer father questioned the young suitor's sufficiency.

Broader (hypernym)wealth, wealthiness

2. sufficiency (quantity) an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose

SamplesEnough is as good as a feast.
There is more than a sufficiency of lawyers in this country.


Broader (hypernym)relative quantity

Narrower (hyponym)fill

3. sufficiency (attribute) the quality of being sufficient for the end in view

SamplesHe questioned the sufficiency of human intelligence.


Broader (hypernym)quality

Narrower (hyponym)ampleness

Attributeample, meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy

Antonymsinadequacy, deficiency, insufficiency

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