Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not sufficient; inadequate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not sufficient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not sufficient; not enough; inadequate to any need, use, or purpose.
  • adj. Wanting in strength, power, ability, capacity, or skill; incompetent; incapable; unfit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not sufficient; lacking in what is necessary or required; deficient in amount, force, or fitness; inadequate; incompetent: as, insufficient provision or protection; insufficient motives.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

Etymologies

in- +‎ sufficient (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • House members worry about the - what they term insufficient - level of federal subsidies the Senate version would offer the uninsured and an excise tax on so-called "Cadillac" insurance policies.

    THE MEDICAL NEWS

  • Shares of the Chinese packaging manufacturer rose as much as 15% Wednesday, clawing back most of the ground lost the previous day after S&P's withdrew its BB long-term corporate credit rating for Nine Dragons and its BB- issue rating on the company's outstanding senior unsecured notes because of what it called "insufficient access" to company management.

    Nine Dragons Shares Jump After Response to S&P

  • Republicans voting against the bill—which is needed to fund government operations starting Oct. 1—demanded less spending, while most Democrats were upset at what they called insufficient disaster aid in the measure.

    Budget Vote Surprises GOP Leaders

  • Purdue University has dropped its bid to build an applied-science campus in New York City, citing what it calls insufficient financial backing from the city.

    Purdue Scraps Bid Plan

  • It was his 2005 executive order that led to the California law promising a big emissions cut, and he has frequently criticized what he calls insufficient action by the White House to curb emissions.

    California Emissions Plan Stirs a Fight

  • He made his first trip to Capitol Hill since his inauguration a week ago, aides said, to listen to concerns from Republicans who have been threatening to oppose the measure over what they call insufficient tax cuts and excessive spending.

    Yahoo! News: Top Stories

  • The president made his first trip to Capitol Hill since his inauguration a week ago, aides said, to listen to concerns from Republicans who have been threatening to oppose the measure over what they call insufficient tax cuts and excessive spending.

    JournalStar.com - News Articles

  • Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Balazs said "the pieces of the mosaic don't fit" based on what has been reported by the media about the alleged plot and what he called insufficient information received officially by Hungary from Bolivia.

    Salon

  • Based on what he called insufficient information from Bolivia's government, "the pieces of the mosaic don't fit," he said.

    The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Front

  • Obama made his first trip to Capitol Hill since his inauguration a week ago, aides said, to seek comments from Republicans who have been threatening to oppose the measure over what they call insufficient tax cuts and excessive spending.

    CourierPostOnline.com - News

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