abbreviatory

[ uh-bree-vee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ əˈbri vi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

serving to abbreviate or shorten: “IA” is an abbreviatory form of “Iowa.”

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decorum

Origin of abbreviatory

First recorded in 1840–50; abbreviate + -ory1

Words nearby abbreviatory

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