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"Suffice it to say"

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 06, 2005

In Reply to: "Suffice it to say" posted by ESC on April 01, 2005

: : What exactly does this mean?

: It is sufficient to say. It is enough.

- Technically this is a subjunctive; it means "let it suffice/may it suffice". The subjunctive mood is rare these days, and tends to crop up only in archaic phrases such as "heaven forfend!" and "may it be".