enough vs sufficiency what difference

what is difference between enough and sufficiency

English

Alternative forms

  • enow
  • anough (obsolete)
  • aneuch, eneuch, eneugh (Scotland)
  • ‘nough
  • enuff

Etymology

From Middle English ynogh, from Old English ġenōg (enough), from Proto-Germanic *ganōgaz (enough) (compare Scots eneuch, West Frisian genôch, Dutch genoeg, German genug, Low German noog, Danish nok, Swedish nog, Icelandic nógur), from *ganuganą ‘to suffice’ (compare Old English ġeneah), or from *ga- + an unattested *nōgaz, probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eh₂nó(n)ḱe (he has reached, attained), perfective of *h₂neḱ- (to reach) (compare Old Irish tánaic (he arrived), Latin nancisci (to get), Lithuanian nèšti (to carry), Albanian kënaq (to please, satisfy), Ancient Greek ἐνεγκεῖν (enenkeîn, to carry).).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈnʌf/, /iˈnʌf/, /əˈnʌf/
  • Rhymes: -ʌf
  • Hyphenation: e‧nough

Determiner

enough

  1. Sufficient; all that is required, needed, or appropriate.
    • How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare!

Derived terms

  • enoughness

Translations

Adverb

enough

  1. Sufficiently.
    You’ve worked enough; rest for a bit.
  2. Fully; quite; used after adjectives to express slight augmentation of the positive degree, and sometimes equivalent to very.
  3. Used after certain adverbs to emphasise that a quality is notable, unexpected, etc.
    Talking of Mr Smith, funnily enough, I saw him just the other day.
    I left my camera on the train, but luckily enough someone handed it in to lost property.

Usage notes

  • As an adverb, in modern English, enough almost always follows the verb, adjective or adverb that it qualifies. In older language, cases where it precedes the modified word, e.g. “He was enough satisfied” or “I was not enough recompensed”, may be seen.

Derived terms

  • given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow

Translations

Pronoun

enough

  1. A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.
    I have enough (of it) to keep me going.
    Enough of you are here to begin the class.
    Get some more plates. There aren’t enough yet.
    Not enough is known yet about the causes of the pandemic.
    There wasn’t enough of an economic surplus.

Translations

Interjection

enough!

  1. Stop! Don’t do that any more!
    I’m sick of you complaining! Enough!

Translations

Noun

enough (plural enoughs)

  1. (rare, chiefly in the plural) An instance of being sufficient, or of doing something sufficiently.
    • 1909, Edwin Balmer, Waylaid by Wireless: A Suspicion, a Warning, a Sporting Proposition, and a Transatlantic Pursuit, page 29:
      And she was neither beautiful nor handsome, but just at the point halfway between which a girl of twenty-three reaches who inherits good features and healthful figure, and who has learned to dance well, ride well, study enough, golf enough, and has attained the thousand other “well and enoughs” which include talking well and listening enough, and allow a woman to be liked and loved with so little consciousness that she never suspects she is particularly liked at all.


English

Alternative forms

  • sufficiencie (obsolete)

Noun

sufficiency (countable and uncountable, plural sufficiencies)

  1. (uncountable) The quality or condition of being sufficient.
  2. (countable) An adequate amount.

Synonyms

  • enoughness
  • sufficience

Antonyms

  • insufficiency
  • unsufficiency (obs.)

Derived terms

Translations


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