how to pronounce sufficient


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the above transcription of sufficient is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

sufficient is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of sufficient in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… are lacking sufficient moisture to …”

meanings of sufficient


  1. Having enough money to meet obligations and live comfortably.
  2. Possessing adequate talents or accomplishments; of competent power or ability; qualified; fit. A two-week training course is sufficient to get a job in the coach-driving profession.
  3. Capable of meeting obligations; responsible.
  4. Equal to the end proposed; adequate to what is needed; enough.


  1. The smallest amount needed.

sufficient frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word sufficient occurs in english on average 16.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics sufficient can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that sufficient can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) people, society, and culture;

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