-tion


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).

Nearby words

  1. -therm,
  2. -thermy,
  3. -thon,
  4. -thymia,
  5. -tic,
  6. -tious,
  7. -to-be,
  8. -tome,
  9. -tomous,
  10. -tomy


Origin of -tion

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

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British Dictionary definitions for -tion

-tion

suffix forming nouns

indicating state, condition, action, process, or resultelection; prohibition Compare -ation, -ion

Word Origin for -tion

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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