sufficiency

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sufficiency the quality of being sufficient for the end in view "he questioned the sufficiency of human intelligence"
    • n sufficiency 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"
    • n sufficiency sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet obligations "her father questioned the young suitor's sufficiency"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Earth's magnetic field has been weakening. It seems to have lost 15% of its strength since 1670. At the present rate of decrease, it will reach zero in 2,000 years. Between the years 3500 and 4500, the magnetic field will not be sufficiently strong enough to ward off charged radiation from outer space.
    • Sufficiency Adequate substance or means; competence. "An elegant sufficiency ."
    • Sufficiency Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency. "Sufficiency is a compound of vanity and ignorance."
    • Sufficiency Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity. "A substitute or most allowed sufficiency .""I am not so confident of my own sufficiency as not willingly to admit the counsel of others."
    • Sufficiency Supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund.
    • Sufficiency 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: American colonists discovered that superior candles could be made from the fruit of a squat bush growing in the sand dunes along the New England seashore. The small, grayish bayberry was picked, crushed, and boiled. It had to be skimmed several times before the pale, nearly transparent, green fat was sufficiently refined. Bayberry candles were highly prized, because so much labor and so many berries were needed to make just one candle.
    • n sufficiency The state or character of being sufficient; adequacy.
    • n sufficiency Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity; efficiency.
    • n sufficiency Adequate substance or means; enough; abundance; competence; especially, supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund.
    • n sufficiency Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sufficiency state of being sufficient: competence: ability: capacity: conceit
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Quotations

  • Richard D. Rosen
    Richard D. Rosen
    “It isn't sufficient just to want -- you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    John%20F.%20Kennedy
    “We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.”
  • Milton Friedman
    Milton%20Friedman
    “History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition.”
  • Andre Norton
    Andre Norton
    “As for courage and will -- we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “There are ways which lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sufficientia,: cf. F. suffisance,. See Suffice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sufficĕre, to take the place of—sub, under, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

The lieutenant hoped, however, that by noon the poor fellow might have sufficiently recovered to enable them to start.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
But words and idle wishes are not sufficient.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
In the spring the land is usually sufficiently moist for receiving the seed.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
One teacher thought that a mere "glance of the eye" was sufficient to display the grade of intelligence.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
Divine grace is sufficient.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The preliminary step was to select and cut down a sufficient quantity of timber of the right length.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
As I have sufficient means to stock a small caravan for myself, I think now of trying it.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
I have said sufficient about the ship's company for the present.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
He could not, he said, twist his tongue about sufficiently to get out the words, even when he remembered them.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
I could not help also singing and whistling, the bright air alone being sufficient to raise my spirits.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Happy the nation thus endowed,
But more divinely blest are those
On whom the all-sufficient God
Himself with all his grace bestows.
"Psalm 144 part 3" by Isaac Watts
O! 'twas a cheering word indeed!
Exactly suited to my need;
Sufficient for thee is my grace,
Thy weakness my great pow'r displays.
"My Grace Is Sufficient For Thee" by John Newton
No blood of beasts on altars spilt
Can cleanse the souls of men from guilt;
But thou hast set before our eyes
An all-sufficient sacrifice.
"Psalm 40" by Isaac Watts
Charon! receive a family on board
Itself sufficient for thy crazy yawl,
Apollo and Diana, for a word
By me too proudly spoken, slew us all.
"On Niobe (From The Greek)" by William Cowper
Do not scourge them with your censure!
For sufficient are the smarts
From the wounds received in battling
With their own weak, sinful hearts..
"Have Charity" by Joseph Warren Watson
Trust him, ye saints, in all your ways,
Pour out your hearts before his face:
When helpers fail, and foes invade,
God is our all-sufficient aid.
"Psalm 62" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Skenazy says children become more independent and self-sufficient when they are set free, even at the elementary-school age.
Laws on behavior of government officials 'not sufficient.
Accelerated approval of any form will likely not sufficiently irrigate the valley of death.
Though a foolproof way to identify the rights owner is not sufficient by itself to make a payments system work, it is a necessary condition.
Dan Deacon on not having a rider asking for snacks and touring as self-sufficiently as possible.
If you have read Outliers , then you know that Malcolm Gladwell's thesis is that success is largely a combination of sufficient talent, great opportunity and long practice.
from the nearest adjacent seam to allow sufficient drainage to the sides of curbs.
Whether you go 12 (one horizon) or 120 miles you have to be self sufficiently prepared.
The Salvation Army provided Thanksgiving meals to people trying to reach self-sufficiency .
Obama's latest campaign ad tells a tale of entitlement, state- sufficiency .
Romney shows himself to be sufficiently presidential.
IEA sees oil market as ' sufficiently supplied'.
Where plaintiffs have filed suit claiming to be owed wages, their allegations are sufficient to withstand a motion by the defendant employer to dismiss the Fair Labor Standards Act component of the complaint.
Occasionally, I fly commercially within the US, and these docs are always sufficient.
Start with an irony not yet sufficiently noted: We've been here before.
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In science:

Let us assume, as be fore, that the sample is sufficiently representative; then the survey does indeed indicate that there was such a reduction.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Zinman does not provide complete data to construct the data ’s three-way tables, but the details in his Table 2 are sufficient to re construct the data margins and perform a somewhat simplified version of the Chi-Square test.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
For w sufficiently large, the average degree is arbiratily close to 6. The crossing number of the graphs H Hw, sL is computed in what follows. First, the lower bound is established based on the ideas od Pinontoan and Richter .
Technical details regarding infinite families of crossing-critical graphs with prescribed average degree and crossing number
Usually in the construction of Hamilton function, it is sufficient to determine the momenta of particles and fields, as well as the interaction energy, which in its turn requires that we know the force law applied to the particles.
Going from Classical to Quantum Description of Bound Charged Particles Part 1: Basic Concepts and Assertions
Next we analyze the case of two interacting charges q1 and q2, moving with the velocities v1 and v2, which will be sufficient for our purposes.
Going from Classical to Quantum Description of Bound Charged Particles Part 1: Basic Concepts and Assertions
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