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sufficiency

suf·fi·cien·cy

sufficiency

pronunciation:
s fI shn si
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: sufficiencies
definition 1: the state or condition of being sufficient.
antonyms:
insufficiency
similar words:
competence
definition 2: an adequate number or amount.
a sufficiency of food for the party
Word Parts
The word sufficiency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.