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"insufficient" in British English

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insufficientadjective

uk   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 ​lowgrades 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   us   /ˌɪnsəˈfɪʃənt/
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 ​healthservice has been insufficiently ​funded.
(Definition of insufficient from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “insufficient”
in Spanish insuficiente…
in Vietnamese không đủ…
in Malaysian tidak cukup…
in Thai ขาดแคลน…
in French insuffisant…
in German unzureichend…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不够的,不足的, 不充分的…
in Turkish yetersiz, kifayetsiz…
in Russian недостаточный…
in Indonesian tidak cukup…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不夠的,不足的, 不充分的…
in Polish niewystarczający, niedostateczny…
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