-atory

-atory

suff.
1.
a. Of or relating to: perspiratory.
b. Tending to: amendatory.
2. One that is connected with: reformatory.

[From Latin -ātōrius and -ātōrium, both from -ātor, -ator.]

-atory

suffix forming adjectives
of, relating to, characterized by, or serving to: circulatory; exploratory; migratory; explanatory.
[from Latin -ātōrius; see -ate1, -ory2]

-atory

a combination of -ate1 and -ory1 or -ory2, used infrequently as an independent suffix with the same senses as -ory1 and -ory2: affirmatory; observatory.
[< Latin -ātōrius]
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