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suppletory

[suhp-li-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsʌp lɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
supplying a deficiency.
Origin of suppletory
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Latin supplētōrius, equivalent to supplē(re) (see suppletion) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
suppletorily, adverb
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  • Will you not, then, make it the beginning of some of the suppletory arts and stratagems of the spiritual life with yourselves?

British Dictionary definitions for suppletory

suppletory

/ˈsʌplɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
(archaic) remedying deficiencies; supplementary
Derived Forms
suppletorily, adverb
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