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[suhp-li-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. supplying a deficiency.
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Origin of suppletory

1620–30; < Late Latin supplētōrius, equivalent to supplē(re) (see suppletion) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formssup·ple·to·ri·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Will you not, then, make it the beginning of some of the suppletory arts and stratagems of the spiritual life with yourselves?

    Bunyan Characters - Third Series

    Alexander Whyte

British Dictionary definitions for suppletory


  1. archaic remedying deficiencies; supplementary
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Derived Formssuppletorily, adverb
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