• WordNet 3.6
    • adj insufficient of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement "insufficient funds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some early TV screens did emit excessive X-rays, as did computer monitors, but that was fixed long ago. Doctors suggest that at worst, sitting too close might cause some temporary eye fatigue—the same for reading with insufficient light—but no permanent damage, no matter what your mother claimed.
    • Insufficient Not sufficient; not enough; inadequate to any need, use, or purpose; as, the provisions are insufficient in quantity, and defective in quality. "Insufficient for His praise."
    • Insufficient Wanting in strength, power, ability, capacity, or skill; incompetent; incapable; unfit; as, a person insufficient to discharge the duties of an office.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insufficient Not sufficient; lacking in what is necessary or required; deficient in amount, force, or fitness; inadequate; incompetent: as, insufficient provision or protection; insufficient motives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Insufficient in-suf-fish′ent not sufficient: deficient: unfit: incapable
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  • William James
    “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.”
  • Henry Morgan
    Henry Morgan
    “People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. These people adore being ignored.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “One cause, which is not always observed, of the insufficiency of riches, is that they very seldom make their owner rich.”
  • George Santayana
    “Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.”
  • Sherlock Holmes
    Sherlock Holmes
    “The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. insufficiens, -entis,. See In- not, and Sufficient


In literature:

Her ammunition was totally insufficient.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
We have very insufficient information about these.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage
But that was found insufficient and inadequate to the public exigencies.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
If visual testimony were insufficient, let the simple fact be recorded that we had to stop and ask the way!
"With Our Army in Palestine" by Antony Bluett
He left it without a stain on his hands, but with his fortune lessened and insufficient.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
CAUSE: Insufficient lime or mineral matter fed prior to farrowing; constipation is also a fruitful cause.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Naturally the education of the children was rather fragmentary and insufficient, but it developed their own powers of thinking.
"Ten American Girls From History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
Harry, however, was too well accustomed to it to consider such accommodation insufficient.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
In general, the service of information will be insufficient; adequate reconnaissance will rarely be practicable.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Paleness, langour, irritability, and general ill-health result from insufficient breathing.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The northern camps faced it with insufficient clothing.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
At any rate they were altogether insufficient to account for the state of ferocity into which Mr. Macaulay allowed himself to be lashed.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
It is said that they often exaggerated, or made charges on insufficient evidence, and this is likely enough.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
If the flange is insufficient the operation may be repeated.
"Laboratory Manual of Glass-Blowing" by Francis C. Frary
The devilish thing about an insufficient dietary is that it saps one's manhood.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
This is better than nothing, but still insufficient.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
He was like an animal insufficiently exercised, straining to be away.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
It was found that his inefficiency was largely due to insufficient and improper food.
"The Panama Canal" by J. Saxon Mills
Consequences of insufficient sleep?
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
The German rations were insufficient both in quantity and quality.
"The New Germany" by George Young

In poetry:

Insufficient left alone,
We are clinging round Thy throne,
And while there Thy fulness own,
Thou guidest;
"Thou Guidest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And the bayonet's insufficient
To do the work of war,
So he arms his gallant soldiers
With—what, think you?—a cigar!'
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
While inwardly I know the lack,
The insufficiency of power,
Each past day's retrospect makes black
Each morrow's coming hour.
"The Cross" by Madison Julius Cawein
So (if Insufficient Grace
Hath not fouled thy secret place
Nor fall-out burnt my balls away)
Who knows? but we may get a boy—
"War Resisters' Song" by Thomas McGrath
O my soul! a few short moments
Let us from the world retire;
Let us leave these scenes of darkness
And to brighter scenes aspire:
Earthly joys are insufficient
For the scope of thy desire.
"Aspirations" by John Bowring
And yet perchance more deep and more divine
The insufficiency of my poor strain.
One single solitary note is thine:
Weak though they haply be, yet I have twain.
Joy is all thy song; of mine
Half is pain.
"A Souless Singer" by Alfred Austin

In news:

These people exhibit psychopathic traits of insufficient number or consistency to be classified as true psychopaths , but they can still make life miserable for those around them.
A military court today decided to suspend the trial of the late Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's secret police chief because of insufficient evidence.
A new study suggests that sudden infant death syndrome is caused by insufficient levels of a brain chemical that helps control breathing during sleep, HealthDay reports.
Although most people tend to minimize the effects of insufficient sleep as simply feeling a bit tired, studies of sleep-deprived people have shown that they are less efficient and more irritable.
Until recently, CNC programs were downloaded with one of two traveling laptop computers, which was insufficient and laden with problems.
Substandard Parts on Jetliners Due to Insufficient Oversight.
Forest Service Crews had Insufficient Data on Weather, Unburned Vegetation.
To level, by implication, another charge: Today's politicians may be insufficiently corrupt.
A new APTA podcast addresses the appropriate use of billing modifiers, which provide additional information to payers in cases in which diagnosis and procedure codes alone are insufficient.
Tighter REMS For Zohydro ER Still Insufficient For FDA Advisory Panel.
The State Attorney 's Office has dropped a case of aggravated battery against a Fort Myers man who was accused of beating and raping a friend, claiming insufficient evidence.
A new report says climate warming could leave giant pandas in China with insufficient food.
The toys' plastic wires can detach from the hubs due to insufficient adhesive, allowing the beads to slide off.
A preacher arrested on May 31 will not stand trial for alleged sexual assault of a child after an Ellis County grand jury said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
There's insufficient evidence to force vaccinations or masks.

In science:

Due to insufficient quality of individual single crystals complete X-ray analysis has not been carried out yet. The microprobe data indicates that this salt contains Dy atoms in the structure.
Paramagnetism of layered organic conductors (BEDO-TTF)_2ReO_4*H_2O and (BEDT-TTF)_xDy(NO_3)_z: analysis of phase transition at 200 K
Ericsson & Kintsch maintain that Baddeley’s model is insufficient to account for domain-specific expertise and add another processing module to encode and retrieve information from LTM.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Lastly, there are a number of possible, common meta-data terms which we have neglected or insufficiently detailed in this work.
Proposal for a quantity based data model in the Virtual Observatory
Of greatest importance is the fact that an incorrect estimate may lead to insufficient privacy amplification, and thus allow Eve to know more about the resultant “secret ” bits than expected.
Current status of the DARPA Quantum Network
Calculations show that there would be insufficient iron metal to account for the massive cores of the inner planets, that are indicated by their bulk densities.
Teaching Earth Dynamics: What's Wrong with Plate Tectonics Theory?
Whilst there is insufficient evidence to reject the possibility of a small decline, there is evidence to support the assertion that any decline does not exceed six per cent per harvest.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Insufficient consideration of these circumstances (i.e. actual, experimental, space and time measurements) lies at the root of the difficulties which the electrodynamics of moving bodies at present encounters.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
A” sources have given inconsistent results and there is insufficient information to reject a particular result.
XHIP: An Extended Hipparcos Compilation
Typically, scientific texts possess high information density. For text understanding, selective techniques are essential for successful study. “Read only” appears insufficient in a scholarly context, additional features for printing, marking, annotating, and excerpting are crucial for textual work in academia.
Are e-readers suitable tools for scholarly work?
If one uses a parametric representation then the analytical description of IR-subgraphs in terms of the completeness condition is insufficient. This is because the structure of integrands in parametric representations is characterized in a roundabout way via derivative graph-theoretic notions.
Theory of asymptotic operation. A summary of basic principles
Our framegrabber has only 8 bits hence has an insufficient dynamic range to measure an adequate range of the intensity of the PSF, which extends over several orders of magnitude.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements
The critical emergency loads will be selectively shed in a case of insufficient emergency power for life safety.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
To cure this non negligible insufficiency and to make the Z.
From Multiparton to Single parton scatterings: The path towards the Revival of the Transverse Spin
Lee also suggested that HTSC might be more like Bose-Einstein condensation, and there are still papers on HTSC using the B-E approach. In my opinion, this approach is insufficiently material-specific, and does not identify the key aspects that make the cuprates special.
Prediction of High Transition Temperatures in Ceramic Superconductors
In these new kinds of faults, some of which are not modelled by traditional mutation operators. Which are insufficient to test these OO language features, particularly at the class testing level. This paper introduces a new set of class mutation operators for the OO languages.
Test Case Generation using Mutation Operators and Fault Classification