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variant of onto- before a vowel.
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-ont

a combining form meaning “being,” used in the formation of compound words: diplont,haplont.

Origin of -ont

<Greek -ont stem of ṓn “being,” present participle of eînai “to be” (cf. onto-)

Other definitions for ont- (3 of 3)

Ont.

abbreviation
Ontario.
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WORDS THAT USE ONT-

What does ont- mean?

Ont- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “being.” It is occasionally used in technical terms, especially in philosophy.

The form ont- comes from Greek ṓn, meaning “being.” The Latin equivalents are ēns, ent- and essent- “being,” which are the sources of entity and essence.

Ont- is a variant of onto-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. When used as a suffix at the end of a word, ont- becomes -ont, as in diplont. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for onto- and -ont.

Examples of ont-

A technical term from philosophy that features the form ont- is ontic, “possessing the character of real rather than phenomenal existence; noumenal.”

The first part of the word, ont-, means “being.” The suffix -ic has a variety of meanings, including “having some characteristics of.” Ontic literally translates to “having some characteristics of being.”

What are some words that use the combining form ont-?

  • ontal
  • ontically

What are some other forms that ont- may be commonly confused with?

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The suffix -ically is used to form adverbs. With this in mind, where would you put ontically in the following sentence?

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British Dictionary definitions for ont-

Ont.

abbreviation for
Ontario
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