Suf*fi"cien*cy (?), n. [L. sufficientia: cf. F. suffisance. See Suffice.]
The quality or state of being sufficient, or adequate to the end proposed; adequacy.
His sufficiency is such that he bestows and possesses, his plenty being unexhausted.
Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity.
A substitute or most allowed sufficiency.
I am not so confident of my own sufficiency as not willingly to admit the counsel of others.
Adequate substance or means; competence.
"An elegant sufficiency
Supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund.
Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency.
Sufficiency is a compound of vanity and ignorance.
Sir W. Temple.
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