Origin of suffice
OTHER WORDS FROM sufficeun·suf·fic·ing, adjective
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What does suffice mean?
To suffice is to be just enough, or adequate, as in I can fold the laundry later, so taking the clothes out of the dryer will suffice.
When something suffices, it might not meet all your needs, but it will meet at least a minimum of them. For example, you might feel somewhat rested when you get seven hours of sleep but really well rested when you get nine hours. Nine hours of sleep might be most desirable, but seven hours suffices.
Example: It could be better, but I suppose this will suffice.
Where does suffice come from?
The first records of the term suffice come from the late 1200s. It ultimately comes from the Latin sufficere, meaning “to supply and be adequate.” Usually suffice is used to describe an object satisfying the need for something, but it can also refer to a service or an action.
One of the most common uses of suffice is in the phrase suffice it to say. This phrase effectively means “Let us say this and no more after that.” It is often used when the thing being said is obvious, but the speaker wants to emphasize the point.
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What are some other forms related to suffice?
- unsufficing (adjective)
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How is suffice used in real life?
Suffice is commonly used to mean something is good enough.
The tragedy in Orlando is just beyond sad. My deepest regrets to all those suffering. There are no words that suffice. I'm…stunned.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 12, 2016
@ whoever ends up proposing to me….. do not put my ring in a food. I do not want to dig through a cupcake for a ring..I will collect my things and leave if that happens. I’m not a scavenger. the “on one knee” method will suffice. no food. thanks
— queen quen (@quenblackwell) August 2, 2018
Growing up under the hot Arizona sun, it seemed like my brothers and I were ALWAYS thirsty.
[7 paragraphs later]Suffice it to say, water was important in my family.
My Grandfather's Ice Water Recipe-
3 Cubes Ice
1 Glass Water
— Mike Ginn (@shutupmikeginn) July 1, 2019
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Is suffice used correctly in the following sentence?
This spare will suffice, but you need to get a replacement tire soon.
How to use suffice in a sentence
Knowing your own needs is important—for example, if you have a small living space, an audio-only model may suffice—and will ensure you get a device that does what it intends and works with your parenting style.Best baby monitor: How to find the right one for your family|PopSci Commerce Team|January 29, 2021|Popular-Science
As you are not going to please her — with gifts or menus — make choices that satisfy your own standards, and let that suffice.Miss Manners: Stop trying to please abusive parent|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
I won’t spoil here what role that hormone plays in celery, but suffice to say it’s nothing sexy.
The representative I spoke to in Vermont said my negative test and quarantine in Tennessee would suffice, and the representative from Maine essentially said to avoid crowded public places.
Norris said he has written around the margins of the form after patients’ initial applications were rejected, hoping the additional details will suffice and fearing that MTS will not accept an attached letter.MTS Frequently Overrules Doctors’ Orders on Reduced Fares for the Disabled|Lisa Halverstadt|August 31, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Suffice to say, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel in Liberia.
Suffice it to say, we hoped, with Governor Richardson as our veteran QB, to advance the ball down the field a bit.
Concerning argument, suffice it to say that, once started, no matter how terrible the cost, it was successful.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Suffice it to say that Radcliffe put an Avada Kedavra spell on the song, because he absolutely killed it!Harry Potter Raps, The Catcalls Heard ‘Round the World and More Viral Videos|Alex Chancey|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There will be some people who think, “I wish they touched on it more,” and some people where it will suffice.Octavia Spencer on Hollywood and Race: The Film Roles I’m Offered Are Too Small|Marlow Stern|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When ordinary methods do not suffice, it can usually be cleared by shaking up with a little magnesium carbonate and filtering.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Suffice it to say, a mutual passion was conceived between the two cousins, and my father persuaded her to elope with him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Your indomitable bravery will suffice to frustrate the attempt to carry out their plans.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
In very rare cases, the expression of the last figure in the date word will suffice.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
It need not mention the sum to be paid for the land; it can be signed with a lead pencil: a stamp signature will suffice.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles