an abstract-noun suffix of action, result, and instrument, occurring in loanwords from French and Latin: pressure; legislature.

< French -ure < Latin -ūra

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suffix forming nouns
1.  indicating act, process, or result: seizure
2.  indicating function or office: legislature; prefecture
[from French, from Latin -ūra]

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suffix forming abstract nouns of action, from O.Fr. -ure, from L. -ura.
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