Origin of insufficientLate Latin insufficiens
The definition of insufficient is that there is not enough of something.
If you want to buy something that costs $100 and you only have $40, this is an example of a time when you have insufficient funds.
Not sufficient; inadequate.
(comparative more insufficient, superlative most insufficient)
- Not sufficient.
- It may also dismiss a case on grounds of insufficient evidence.
- 17 and a thickness of insulating material which formerly would have been considered quite insufficient is now very generally adopted with complete success.
- The British School, founded in 1886, has been unable, owing to insufficient endowment, to work on similar lines with the French and German institutions; it has, however, carried out extensive excavations at Megalopolis and in Melos, as well as researches at Abae, in Athens (presumed site of the Cynosarges), in Cyprus, at Naucratis and at Sparta.
- The next eruption, and the one after it, gave insufficient light to help, but then a multiple display hung in the sky like a full moon, giving time for his eyes to search left and right.
- Both men felt the old man had probably killed him, but Westlake's brief disclosure was insufficient to pursue the matter and as both men were dead, there was little incentive to do so.