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"insufficient" in British English

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insufficientadjective

uk   /ˌɪn.səˈfɪʃ.ənt/ us   /ˌɪn.səˈfɪʃ.ənt/
(Definition of insufficient from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"insufficient" in American English

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insufficientadjective [not gradable]

us   /ˌɪn·səˈfɪʃ·ənt/
not enough in amount, strength, or quality; less than is needed: There was insufficient evidence, so we had to find him not guilty.
insufficiently
adverb [not gradable] us   /ˌɪn·səˈfɪʃ·ənt·li/
Many of the students got low grades because they were insufficiently prepared.
(Definition of insufficient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"insufficient" in Business English

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insufficientadjective

uk   /ˌɪnsəˈfɪʃənt/ us  
not enough, or not big or important enough for a particularpurpose: Their plan may mature with insufficient funds to pay off their mortgages. This would leave insufficient time to release any new information about the shares.
insufficiently
adverb
For years the health service has been insufficiently funded.
(Definition of insufficient from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “insufficient”
in Vietnamese không đủ…
in Spanish insuficiente…
in Malaysian tidak cukup…
in Thai ขาดแคลน…
in French insuffisant…
in German unzureichend…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不夠的,不足的, 不充分的…
in Russian недостаточный…
in Turkish yetersiz, kifayetsiz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不够的,不足的, 不充分的…
in Indonesian tidak cukup…
in Polish niewystarczający, niedostateczny…
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“insufficient” in British English

“insufficient” in American English

“insufficient” in Business English

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Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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