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a suffix originally occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin (fictitious); on this model, used with stems of other origin (bumptious).

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On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
Also -ious, -ous.

Origin of -tious

<Latin -tiōsus, equivalent to -t(us) past participle suffix + -iōsus-ious
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