Sufficiency Suf*fi"cien*cy, n. [L. sufficientia: cf. F. suffisance. See {Suffice}.] 1. The quality or state of being sufficient, or adequate to the end proposed; adequacy. [1913 Webster]

His sufficiency is such that he bestows and possesses, his plenty being unexhausted. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity. [1913 Webster]

A substitute or most allowed sufficiency. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I am not so confident of my own sufficiency as not willingly to admit the counsel of others. --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster]

3. Adequate substance or means; competence. ``An elegant sufficiency.'' --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

4. Supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund. [1913 Webster]

5. Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency. [1913 Webster]

Sufficiency is a compound of vanity and ignorance. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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