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1. Of, relating to, or characterized by: advisory.
2. A place or thing used for or connected with: crematory.
[Middle English -orie, from Old North French and Anglo-Norman, from Latin -ōrius, adj. suff., and -ōrium, n. suff.]
suffix forming nouns
1. indicating a place for: observatory.
2. something having a specified use: directory.
[via Old French -orie, from Latin -ōrium, -ōria]
suffix forming adjectives
of or relating to; characterized by; having the effect of: contributory; promissory.
[via Old French -orie, from Latin -ōrius]
an adjective-forming suffix, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix -tory1 (and its alternant -sory): excretory; sensory; statutory.
[Middle English -orie < Anglo-French; Old French -oire < Latin -ōrius, extracted from -tōrius -tory1; see -or2]
a suffix forming nouns denoting places or receptacles, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix -tory2 (and its alternant -sory): crematory.