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Not enough; inadequate:‘there was insufficient evidence to convict him’
inadequate, not enough, too littletoo few, too small, deficient, poor, scant, scantyscarce, sparse, short, in short supply, at a premiumlacking, wantingpaltry, meagre, niggardlyskimpy, sketchy, incomplete, restricted, limitedmeasly, pathetic, piddlingexiguousView synonyms
- ‘Anything less and he would have insufficient time to settle into the job.’
- ‘So far there has been insufficient evidence to link financially any of the visits to a particular member.’
- ‘Tough laws are insufficient to find a solution to such a terrible scourge.’
- ‘I think the amount of police officers is insufficient, I think we need loads more.’
- ‘The plant could then be converted for other uses, seeing as there is insufficient demand for Rover cars.’
- ‘These causes might be anything from insufficient training to inadequate technology.’
- ‘Have houses prices too low, and there'll be insufficient investment in the area.’
- ‘Greig added that some minor roads in rural areas might have to be shut down if there are insufficient funds to fix them.’
- ‘That was arguably too prescriptive and pedagogic with insufficient human interest.’
- ‘He was charged with murder in 1997 but the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence.’
- ‘The only complaint about the Royal Bolton is insufficient parking facilities!’
- ‘In military terms, striking at insurgents and terrorists is necessary but insufficient.’
- ‘It's caused by an insufficient level of insulin, a glucose regulating hormone.’
- ‘However, that leaves insufficient time to organise live coverage for Saturday.’
- ‘It strikes me as incredible that insufficient thought and planning was given to such a major activity.’
- ‘The report found many examples of good work but said insufficient priority was being given to the issue.’
- ‘My offence, so far as I could tell, was to show insufficient respect to cabinet ministers.’
- ‘Now they have been informed that beds are available but staffing levels are insufficient to take him.’
- ‘It is thought the amount of smoke created would also have been insufficient to cause the man's death.’
- ‘However a review document produced by the group warns that current funding is insufficient.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘incapable, incompetent’): via Old French from late Latin insufficient- not sufficing, from in- not + Latin sufficere (see suffice).
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