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 for sufficiency
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sufficiency \Suf*fi"cien*cy\, n. [L. sufficientia: cf. F.
     suffisance. See Suffice.]
     1. The quality or state of being sufficient, or adequate to
        the end proposed; adequacy.
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              His sufficiency is such that he bestows and
              possesses, his plenty being unexhausted. --Boyle.
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     2. Qualification for any purpose; ability; capacity.
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              A substitute or most allowed sufficiency. --Shak.
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              I am not so confident of my own sufficiency as not
              willingly to admit the counsel of others. --Eikon
                                                    Basilike.
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     3. Adequate substance or means; competence. "An elegant
        sufficiency." --Thomson.
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     4. Supply equal to wants; ample stock or fund.
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     5. Conceit; self-confidence; self-sufficiency.
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              Sufficiency is a compound of vanity and ignorance.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Temple.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sufficiency
      n 1: sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet
           obligations; "her father questioned the young suitor's
           sufficiency"
      2: an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to
         achieve a purpose; "enough is as good as a feast"; "there is
         more than a sufficiency of lawyers in this country" [syn:
         enough, sufficiency]
      3: the quality of being sufficient for the end in view; "he
         questioned the sufficiency of human intelligence" [syn:
         sufficiency, adequacy] [ant: deficiency, inadequacy,
         insufficiency]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "sufficiency":
     ability, ableness, acceptability, adequacy, adequateness,
     admissibility, agreeability, caliber, capability, capableness,
     capacity, competence, efficacy, efficiency, facility, faculty,
     fairishness, fitness, flair, genius, goodishness, passableness,
     proficiency, qualification, satisfactoriness, sufficient,
     susceptibility, talent, tenability, the goods, the stuff,
     tolerability, tolerableness, unexceptionability,
     unobjectionability, viability, what it takes
  
  

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