INSUFFICIENT: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for INSUFFICIENT?

Need another word that means the same as “insufficient”? Find 3 synonyms and 30 related words for “insufficient” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Insufficient” are: deficient, inadequate, not enough

Insufficient as an Adjective

Definitions of "Insufficient" as an adjective

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “insufficient” as an adjective can have the following definitions:

  • Of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement.
  • Not enough; inadequate.

Synonyms of "Insufficient" as an adjective (3 Words)

deficientInadequate in amount or degree.
The documentary evidence is deficient.
inadequateOf insufficient quantity to meet a need.
An inadequate income.
not enoughSufficient for the purpose.

Usage Examples of "Insufficient" as an adjective

  • There was insufficient evidence to convict him.
  • Insufficient funds.

Associations of "Insufficient" (30 Words)

absentNot being in a specified place.
He absented himself.
crampedSuffering from cramp.
He felt cramped in a large organization.
dearthAn insufficient quantity or number.
There is a dearth of evidence.
deficiencyA lack or shortage.
Water is the critical deficiency in desert regions.
deficientInsufficient or inadequate.
The documentary evidence is deficient.
inadequacyInability to deal with a situation or with life.
The inadequacy of available resources.
inadequate(of a person) unable to deal with a situation or with life.
These labels prove to be wholly inadequate.
incompletenessThe state of being crude and incomplete and imperfect.
The study was criticized for incompleteness of data but it stimulated further research.
insufficiencyLack of an adequate quantity or number.
Renal insufficiency.
lackingNot available or in short supply.
Adequate resources are sadly lacking.
meagerDeficient in amount or quality or extent.
Meager resources.
meagerlyDeficient in amount or quality or extent.
These voices are meagerly represented at the conference.
measlyContemptibly small in amount.
A measly tip.
minusA mathematical operation of subtraction.
For every plus with this equipment there can be a minus.
missingNot able to be found.
Missing in action.
paucityAn insufficient quantity or number.
A paucity of information.
pittanceA pious bequest to a religious house or order to provide extra food and wine at particular festivals, or on the anniversary of the benefactor’s death.
They work all day for a mere pittance.
rarenessNoteworthy scarcity.
raritySomething unusual — perhaps worthy of collecting.
The rarity of the condition.
scantLess than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so.
Companies with scant regard for the safety of future generations.
scantySmall or insufficient in quantity or amount.
Her dress was scanty and revealing.
A babe scarce two years old.
scarcityThe state of being scarce or in short supply; shortage.
A time of scarcity.
shortShort circuit or cause to short circuit.
A short flaky pie crust.
sparseNot dense.
Trees were sparse.
subsistSupport oneself.
The effect of genetic maldevelopment may subsist in chromosomal mutation.
substandardBelow the usual or required standard.
Substandard spellings.
undermannedInadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.
undersizedOf less than the usual size.
The undersized cubs may not survive the winter.
wantingLacking in a required or necessary quality.
Tested and found wanting.

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