If something is insufficient, it isn't enough. A high school diploma is very helpful for getting a job, but by itself, it's probably insufficient to land you a job as an astronaut.

Something adequate is sufficient, and something inadequate is insufficient (in- meaning "not"). If you have $100 in the bank and you try to use a debit card for a $102 purchase, even though you’re close to having enough, your funds are insufficient to cover the sale. Anything that falls short of a required amount or expected measure is insufficient, whether it's the amount of air in a bike tire or the votes needed to win an election.

Definitions of insufficient
  1. adjective
    of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
    insufficient funds”
    synonyms: deficient
    meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy
    deficient in amount or quality or extent
    depleted, low
    no longer sufficient
    inadequate, poor, short
    not sufficient to meet a need
    lean, skimpy
    containing little excess
    light, scant, short
    less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
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    of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant
    more than enough in size or scope or capacity
    adequate, decent, enough
    sufficient for the purpose
    sufficient to provide comfort
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