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Suffice Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    suffice v : be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve" [syn: do, answer, serve]
Suffice Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Suffice \Suf*fice"\, v. t.
  1. To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of. --Spenser. Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter. --Deut. iii. 26.
  2. To furnish; to supply adequately. [Obs.] The power appeased, with winds sufficed the sail. --Dryden.
Suffice Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Suffice \Suf*fice"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sufficed; p. pr. & vb. n. Sufficing.] [OE. suffisen, OF. soufire, F. suffire (cf. suffisant, p. pr.), L. sufficere to put under, to substitute, to avail for, to suffice; sub under + facere to make. See Fact.] To be enough, or sufficient; to meet the need (of anything); to be equal to the end proposed; to be adequate. --Chaucer. To recount almighty works, What words or tongue of seraph can suffice? --Milton.
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In logic, the words necessity and sufficiency refer to the implicational relationships between statements. The assertion that one statement is a necessary and sufficient condition of another means that the former statement is true if and only if the latter is true.

A condition can be either necessary or sufficient without being the other. For instance, being a mammal (P) is necessary but not sufficient to being human (Q), and that a number q is rational (P) is sufficient but not necessary to q‘s being a real number (Q) (since there are real numbers which are not rational). A condition can be both necessary and sufficient. For example, at present, "today is the Fourth of July" is a necessary and sufficient condition for "today is Independence Day in the United States." Similarly, a necessary and sufficient condition for invertibility of a matrix M is that M have a nonzero determinant.

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* I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man he fornicated and read the papers. - Albert Camus

* Three minutes thought would suffice to find this out but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time. - A. E. Houseman


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