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suppletory

[ suhp-li-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈsʌp lɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective

supplying a deficiency.

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Origin of suppletory

1620–30; <Late Latin supplētōrius, equivalent to supplē(re) (see suppletion) + -tōrius-tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM suppletory

sup·ple·to·ri·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for suppletory

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

  • Take not offence at the lack of all such suppletory arts and stratagems in thy servant, said poor Wet-eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for suppletory

suppletory
/ (ˈsʌplɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

archaic remedying deficiencies; supplementary

Derived forms of suppletory

suppletorily, adverb
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