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Suf*fi"cien*cy (?), n. [L. sufficientia: cf. F. suffisance. See Suffice.]


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. Boyle.


Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity.

A substitute or most allowed sufficiency. Shak.

I am not so confident of my own sufficiency as not willingly to admit the counsel of others. Eikon Basilike.


Adequate substance or means; competence.

"An elegant sufficiency."



Supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund.


Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency.

Sufficiency is a compound of vanity and ignorance. Sir W. Temple.


© Webster 1913.

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