insufficient insufficient  /ɪn sə ˈfɪ ʃənt/


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


  1. Wang sued the manufacturer but the case was dropped by a Shanghai court for insufficient evidence.
  2. PTI inspected the diaries and turned them down, primarily because there was insufficient time to conduct its own investigation into their authenticity.
  3. Wang sued the manufacturer but the case was dropped by a Shanghai court for insufficient evidence.


  1. Fiat: supplier delays will force shutdowns

    MILAN (AP) — Italian carmaker Fiat says it will temporarily stop production at some European car plants in the coming days due to insufficient deliveries of plastic parts.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Banks Rake In Overdraft Fees, Report Finds

    Most of the fees that banks earn from consumer checking accounts come from overdrafts and insufficient funds, a new report finds.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. French Prosecutors Seek to Drop Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

    The prosecutors cited insufficient evidence to keep Dominique Strauss-Kahn, charged with involvement in a prostitution ring, under formal investigation.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "We've all seen what happens when there's inadequate oversight and insufficient transparency on Wall Street," he added. "The reforms making their way through Congress will hold Wall Street accountable so we can help prevent another financial...
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Vancouver Sun

  2. "Our toolkit is substantial, but insufficient," Paulson told reporters outside the White House, where he had just met with President George W. Bush. "Therefore I will continue to work with Congressional leaders to find a way forward to pass a...
    on Sep 29, 2008 By: Henry Paulson Source: Wall Street Journal Blogs (blog)

  3. Texas governor Rick Perry, a Republican like Brewer, said the deployment to his state was "insufficient to meet the needs of securing the Texas-Mexico border."
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Rick Perry Source: The Press Association

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