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an adjective-forming suffix, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix -tory1 (and its alternant -sory): excretory; sensory; statutory.
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Origin of -ory

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Middle English -orie<Anglo-French; Old French -oire<Latin -ōrius, extracted from -tōrius-tory1; see -or2

Other definitions for -ory (2 of 2)

-ory2

a suffix forming nouns denoting places or receptacles, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix -tory2 (or its alternant -sory): crematory.

Origin of -ory

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Middle English -orie<Anglo-French; Old French -oire<Latin -ōrium, extracted from -tōrium-tory2; see -ory1, -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for -ory (1 of 2)

-ory1

suffix forming nouns
indicating a place forobservatory
something having a specified usedirectory

Word Origin for -ory

via Old French -orie, from Latin -ōrium, -ōria

British Dictionary definitions for -ory (2 of 2)

-ory2

suffix forming adjectives
of or relating to; characterized by; having the effect ofcontributory; promissory

Word Origin for -ory

via Old French -orie, from Latin -ōrius
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