What is the meaning of 'just enough' in the following context:

People in richer countries, who use over 250 litres per person a day, will have to use less. Even 20–40 litres a day per person, which is just enough for basic human needs, can be difficult to find in many places.

Does it mean 'hardly sufficient' or 'quite/totally/perfectly enough'?

Thank you.

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It means exactly (or close to) the minimum required amount, but no more.

For clarification, hardly sufficient actually means not sufficient, usually used to emphasise the not part.

"You'll have £10 a day to cover food and water"

"£10? That's hardly enough!"

quite/totally/perfectly enough means enough, but with emphasis that it is not near the minimum.

  • Thank you for your answer. It is clear for me now.
    – Laith Leo
    Nov 13, 2018 at 6:45

"Just enough" means enough but no more than that. e.g.:

She had just enough money to pay for her bus ticket.

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