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Meaning of -ory

-ory

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  1. an adjective-forming suffix, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix(and its alternant -sory): excretory; sensory; statutory.

-ory

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a suffix forming nouns denoting places or receptacles, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix(or its alternant -sory): crematory.
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