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  1. a suffix occurring in words of Latin origin, used to form abstract nouns from verbs or stems not identical with verbs, whether as expressing action (revolution; commendation), or a state (contrition; starvation), or associated meanings (relation; temptation).
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Origin of -tion

< Latin -tiōn- (stem of -tiō), equivalent to -t(us) past participle suffix + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples

  • Abroga′tion, the repealing of a law by a competent authority.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1

    Various

  • Absolu′tion, remission of a penitent's sins in the name of God.

  • Now zere are in ze English two souzand words ending in 'tion.'

    General Bramble

    Andr Maurois

  • Have you ever heard a speaker who gave you the impression that all his words ended in tion?

    Public Speaking

    Clarence Stratton

  • Mi tute ne scias (tion), kion vi volas diri, se ne (estas), ke vi bezonas monon.


British Dictionary definitions for tion

-tion

suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating state, condition, action, process, or resultelection; prohibition Compare -ation, -ion
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Word Origin

from Old French, from Latin -tiō, -tiōn-
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Word Origin and History for tion

-tion

syllable formed when the word-forming element -ion (from Latin -io) is fixed to a base or to another suffix ending in -t or -te.

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