-tory

-tory

1
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, originally adjectival derivatives of agent nouns ending in -tor, (predatory ); also forming adjectival derivatives directly from verbs (obligatory; transitory ).

Origin:
< Latin -tōrius, equivalent to -tōr- -tor + -ius adj. suffix

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-tory

2
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, usually derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tor, or directly from verbs, denoting a place or object appropriate for the activity of the verb: dormitory; repository .

Origin:
< Latin -tōrium, noun use of neuter of -tōrius -tory1

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