-atory


a combination of -ate1 and -ory1 or -ory2, used infrequently as an independent suffix with the same senses as -ory1 and -ory2: affirmatory; observatory.

Nearby words

  1. -athon,
  2. -atic,
  3. -ation,
  4. -ative,
  5. -ator,
  6. -bacter,
  7. -bashing,
  8. -biont,
  9. -biosis,
  10. -blast

Origin of -atory

< Latin -ātōrius, -a, -um, orig. the termination of adjectives formed with -tōrius (see -tory1, -tory2) and verbs whose stems ended in -ā-; reanalyzed in English in the same way as -ator

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British Dictionary definitions for -atory

-atory

suffix forming adjectives

of, relating to, characterized by, or serving tocirculatory; exploratory; migratory; explanatory

Word Origin for -atory

from Latin -ātōrius; see -ate 1, -ory ²

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