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.


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 '18 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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