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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
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  • We are within our own circle complete, harmonious and sufficing; with us the circle of creation might be closed.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • They were shepherds of men and animals, each of them sufficing for those of whom he had the care.

    Statesman Plato
  • This served a double purpose, sufficing to fend off danger from colliding circlers and to add impetus to the ensuing maelstrom.

    The Lash Olin L. Lyman
  • It would be all too sufficing to behold him once more safe and sound.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • Rather was she coolly and deliberately set upon a sufficing vengeance.

    The Heart of the Ancient Wood Charles G. D. Roberts
  • 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
  • "Numerous and sufficing motives," said Baltasar, with a slight sneer.

  • 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
  • Wherefore this fellow, though fellow serviceable, no fellow is for thee and for these sufficing reasons.

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn Jeffery Farnol
  • The little food that was found at Talladega was distributed among the men, sufficing to satisfy their immediate needs.

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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