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[suh-fahys, -fahyz] /səˈfaɪs, -ˈfaɪz/
verb (used without object), sufficed, sufficing.
to be enough or adequate, as for needs, purposes, etc.
verb (used with object), sufficed, sufficing.
to be enough or adequate for; satisfy.
Origin of suffice
1275-1325; Middle English sufficen < Latin sufficere to supply, suffice, equivalent to suf- suf- + -ficere, combining form of facere to make, do1; replacing Middle English suffisen < Old French < Latin, as above
Related forms
unsufficing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sufficing
Historical Examples
  • They were shepherds of men and animals, each of them sufficing for those of whom he had the care.

    Statesman Plato
  • That has been done already in sufficing measure by many others.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • That would be her expiation, though not a sufficing one; she recognized that.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • It would be all too sufficing to behold him once more safe and sound.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • What can this signify but that the service or satisfaction we expect from the novelty falls short of sufficing to convince us?

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • One plunge apiece, so far from sufficing, seemed hardly a beginning.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • It is a love so complete, so sufficing, that I know I could make you forget this girl.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • They are not as gods, perfect and sufficing to themselves, nor are they all-knowing and all-wise, like the good God.

    A Beleaguered City Mrs. Oliphant
  • The little food that was found at Talladega was distributed among the men, sufficing to satisfy their immediate needs.

  • She need not yet be told that he had promised to take such a verdict as sufficing also for an ecclesiastical acquittal.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for sufficing


to be adequate or satisfactory for (something)
(takes a clause as object) suffice it to say that, let us say no more than that; I shall just say that
Derived Forms
sufficer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French suffire, from Latin sufficere from sub- below + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for sufficing



early 14c., from stem of Old French souffire "be sufficient," from Latin sufficere "supply, suffice," from sub "up to" (see sub-) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Phrase suffice it to say (late 14c.) is a rare surviving subjunctive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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