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a suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing state, condition, or quality: jollity; civility; Latinity; variability.
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Origin of -ity
Variant of -itie,Middle English -ite<Old French <Latin -itāt- (stem of -itās); in many words representing Latin -itās directly
Words nearby -ity
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How to use -ity in a sentence
Absurd′ity, Absurd′ness, the quality of being absurd: anything absurd.
Account′ableness, Accountabil′ity, liability to give account, responsibility to fulfil obligations.
Acrid′ity, Ac′ridness, quality of being acrid: a sharp, bitter taste.
Ad′verseness, Advers′ity, adverse circumstances: affliction: misfortune.
Amiabil′ity, Am′iableness, quality of being amiable, or of exciting love.
British Dictionary definitions for -ity
suffix forming nouns
indicating state or conditiontechnicality
Word Origin for -ity
from Old French -ite, from Latin -itās
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