Sufficient vs Comfortable - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between sufficient and comfortable

is that sufficient is equal to the end proposed; adequate to wants; enough; ample; competent; as, while comfortable is (obsolete) comforting, providing comfort; consolatory.

As a determiner sufficient

is the smallest amount needed.

As a noun comfortable is

(us) a stuffed or quilted coverlet for a bed; a comforter.

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(Webster 1913)


(en adjective)
  • Equal to the end proposed; adequate to wants; enough; ample; competent; as,
  • We have provision sufficient for the family
    This army is sufficient to defend the country.
    There is not sufficient access to the internet in the some small country villages.
  • Possessing adequate talents or accomplishments; of competent power or ability; qualified; fit.
  • A two-week training course is sufficient to get a job in the coach-driving profession.
  • (archaic) Capable of meeting obligations; responsible.
  • * 1668 , (Samuel Pepys), December 23 1668
  • take the best ways we can, to make it known to the Duke of York; for, till Sir J. Minnes be removed, and a sufficient man brought into W. Pen's place, when he is gone, it is impossible for this Office ever to support itself.
  • self-sufficient; self-satisfied; content.
  • Derived terms

    * self-sufficient * sufficiency * sufficiently

    See also

    * adequate * ample * enough * plenty


    (en determiner)
  • The smallest amount needed.
  • Sufficient of us are against this idea that we should stop now.






  • (lb) Comforting, providing comfort; consolatory.
  • *, II.2.6.ii:
  • *:he was going to make away himself; but meeting by chance his master Plotinus, who, perceiving by his distracted looks all was not well, urged him to confess his grief; which when he had heard, he used such comfortable speeches, that he redeemed him e faucibus Erebi .
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:a comfortable provision made for their subsistence
  • Amply sufficient, satisfactory.
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  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 18, author=Ben Dirs, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia , passage=When Hape sauntered over for a try after only three minutes it looked as if England were destined for a comfortable victory, but Georgia are made of sterner stuff, as they showed when running Scotland close in Invercargill last week.}}
  • Providing physical comfort and ease; agreeable.
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  • *, chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable . Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.}}
  • In a state of comfort and content.
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  • *:A great bargain also had beenthe arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  • (lb) Strong; vigorous; valiant.
  • :(Wyclif)
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Thy conceit is nearer death than thy powers. For my sake be comfortable ; hold death a while at the arm's end.
  • (lb) Serviceable; helpful.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Be comfortable to my mother, your mistress, and make much of her.
  • Synonyms

    * comforting, comfy, cozy, eathful, restful, snug, cushy * (safely reliable) safe


    * comfortless, uncomfortable

    Derived terms

    * comfortability * comfortable in one's own skin * comfortableness * comfortably * comfy


    (en noun)
  • (US) A stuffed or quilted coverlet for a bed; a comforter.
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