1. The quality or state of being sufficient, or adequate to the end proposed; adequacy.
His sufficiency is such that he bestows and possesses, his plenty being unexhausted. --Boyle.
2. Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity.
A substitute or most allowed sufficiency. --Shak.
I am not so confident of my own sufficiency as not willingly to admit the counsel of others. --Eikon Basilike.
3. Adequate substance or means; competence. “An elegant sufficiency.”
4. Supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund.
5. Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency.
Sufficiency is a compound of vanity and ignorance. --Sir W. Temple.
n 1: sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet
obligations; "her father questioned the young suitor's
2: an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to
achieve a purpose; "enough is as good as a feast"; "there
is more than a sufficiency of lawyers in this country"
3: the quality of being sufficient for the end in view; "he
questioned the sufficiency of human intelligence" [syn: adequacy]
[ant: insufficiency, insufficiency]