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Dictionary of Prefixes and Suffixes

 

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"Dictionary of Prefixes and Suffixes:
Useful English Suffixes"

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[Series Name: 'English Word Power' | Book No: 05]

 

 

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Affixes, Prefixes and Suffixes

AFFIX 
A letter or group of letters added to the beginning or end of a word to get a new word with a changed meaning. 
Examples – im- in impossible; inter- in international 
-able in agreeable; -er in learner 
 
English Affixes could be divided into two groups: 
Prefixes and Suffixes 
 
PREFIX 
A letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a word to get a new word with a changed meaning. 
Examples – im- in impossible; inter- in international; un- in unaffected 
 
SUFFIX 
A letter or group of letters added to the end of a word to get a new word with a changed meaning. 
Examples – -able in agreeable; -er in learner; -ness in quickness

 

Prefixes and Suffixes – A  

 

ENGLISH PREFIXES – A

 

Used to form: adjectives, adverbs and nouns

General meaning: not, without

Examples:

acellular / amoral / apolitical / atheism / atheist / atypical

 

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ad-

Used to form: nouns and verbs

General meaning: addition, tendency

Examples:

adjoin / adjudge / admixture

 

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ambi-

Used to form: adjectives, adverbs and nouns

General meaning: both of two

Examples:

ambidexterity / ambidextrous / ambivalence / ambivalent

 

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ante-

Used to form: adjectives, nouns and verbs

General meaning: prior to; in front of

Examples:

antedate / antenatal / anterior / ante-room

 

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anti-

Used to form: adjectives and nouns

General meaning: against; the opposite of; preventing

Examples:

anti-aircraft / anti-bacterial / antibiotic / antibody / anti-choice / anticlerical / anticlimax / anticlockwise / anticoagulant / anti-competitive / anti-copying / anti-corruption / anticyclone / antidepressant / anti-drug / anti-encroachment / anti-extremism / antifreeze / anti-globalization / anti-graft / antigravity / anti-hate / anti-hero / anti-inflammatory / anti-liquor / anti-lock / anti-malarial / anti-national / antioxidant / antiparticle / anti-people / anti-personnel / antiperspirant / anti-poaching / antipyretic / antiretroviral / anti-rowdy / anti-sabotage / antiseptic / antisocial / anti-stalking / antitank / anti-terror / anti-terrorism / anti-theft / antitrust / antiviral / antivirus

 

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ENGLISH SUFFIXES – A

 

-able

Used to form: adjectives, adverbs and nouns

General meaning: that can, should or must be done; having the characteristic of

Examples:

adaptable / agreeable / amenable / amicable / appreciable / approachable / assessable / avertable / avoidable / believable / breakable / calculable / changeable / chargeable / comfortable / companionable / computable / conceivable / controllable / curable / decipherable / declarable / desirable / detectable / detestable / doable / enjoyable / escapable / excitable / explainable / explicable / exploitable / fashionable / foreseeable / graspable / honorable / imaginable / imperturbable / indubitable / inevitable / justifiable / manageable / moveable / noticeable / observable / payable / pleasurable / portable / preventable / punishable / quantifiable / questionable / ratable / reachable / readable / reasonable / reckonable / recognizable / reliable / reputable / respectable / serviceable / sociable / stoppable / taxable / traceable / transferable / translatable / transportable / understandable / usable / utilizable / variable / washable / wearable / workable

 

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-ability

Used to form: nouns

General meaning: a level of skill, intelligence, etc.

Example:

capability / curability / excitability / inescapability / inevitability / playability / preventability / serviceability / unavoidability / usability / workability

 

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-ably

Used to form: adverbs

General meaning: skillful and well; in a particular manner

Examples:

affably / capably / charitably / comfortably / demonstrably / indisputably / inevitably / irritably / notably / noticeably / presumably / probably / reasonably / remarkably

 

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-acy

Used to form: nouns

General meaning: the position, quality, state or status of

Examples:

accuracy / adequacy / delicacy / democracy / intimacy / primacy / privacy / supremacy

 

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-ade

Used to form: nouns

General meaning: the state of; type of drink

Examples:

blockade / lemonade / orangeade

 

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-age

Used to form: nouns

General meaning: the action, condition, cost, result, state, etc. of

Examples:

anchorage / bondage / breakage / courage / mileage / postage / shrinkage / suffrage

 

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-aholic

Used to form: nouns

General meaning: liking something too much

Examples:

chocaholic / shopaholic

 

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-al

Used to form: adjectives and nouns

General meaning: having the characteristic, condition or process of

Examples:

arrival / carnival / chronological / disposal / magical / rebuttal / referral / removal / survival / verbal

 

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-alia

Used to form: nouns (plural)

General meaning: items relating to the particular activity

Examples:

kitchenalia / paraphernalia

 

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-ally

Used to form: adverbs from adjectives that end in -al

General meaning: in a particular way

Examples:

dramatically / emotionally / factually / histrionically / literally / magically / orally / overemotionally / radically / sensationally / theatrically / verbally / vocally

 

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-an

Used to form: adjectives and nouns

General meaning: from; typical of; native of; an expert; fairly

Examples:

artisan / African / American / Moroccan / Mexican / Chilean / Singaporean / Zimbabwean / Kenyan / Libyan / Paraguayan / Uruguayan / Angolan / German / Ugandan / Sri Lankan

 

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-ana

Used to form: nouns

General meaning: a collection of objects, facts, etc. related to the person, place, etc.

Examples:

Americana / Victoriana

 

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-ance

Used to form: nouns

General meaning: the action or state of

Examples:

absorbance / acceptance / admittance / annoyance / appearance / assistance / attendance / avoidance / clearance / conductance / deliverance / disappearance / distance / disturbance / entrance / expectance / extravagance / furtherance / importance / instance / insurance / intendance / intolerance / observance / performance / resistance / sufferance

 

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