Lacking and Sufficient


Lacking adjective - Not coming up to an expected measure or meeting a particular need.
Usage example: we felt the afternoon television offerings were somewhat lacking in entertainment value

Sufficient is an antonym for lacking in wanting topic.

Nearby Words: lack, lacked


Sufficient adjective - Of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant.

Lacking is an antonym for sufficient in enough topic.

Nearby Words: sufficiency, suffice, sufficiently

Both words in one sentence

  • Unless you were a test tube baby...and even then, IVF is generally only done after couples have been trying to conceive naturally for a sufficient period of time, or are a same-sex couple lacking the opposing parts.
  • Theatre / Inherit the Wind Given his views, he could not decline on the basis of lacking sufficient expertise.
  • And I Must Scream: The Adamant Skin skill Jaune learns had been known to trap users lacking sufficient strength in their own skin.
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