sufficing


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suf·fice

 (sə-fīs′)
v. suf·ficed, suf·fic·ing, suf·fic·es
v.intr.
1. To meet present needs or requirements; be sufficient: These rations will suffice until next week.
2. To be equal to a specified task; be capable: No words will suffice to convey my grief.
v.tr.
To satisfy the needs or requirements of; be enough for.

[Middle English suffisen, from Old French suffire, suffis-, from Latin sufficere : sub-, sub- + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

suf·fic′er n.
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The comic repetition of "it would have sufficed us" asserts that there still is time for such a word, that it will go on sufficing whatever happens.