a suffix of adjectives expressing capability, susceptibility, liability, aptitude, etc.: agile; docile; ductile; fragile; prehensile; volatile.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -ile
From the Latin word -ilis, -īlis
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British Dictionary definitions for -ile
suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming nouns
indicating capability, liability, or a relationship with somethingagile; fragile; juvenile
Word Origin for -ile
via French from Latin or directly from Latin -ilis
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