1. Act; process; condition: erasure.
a. Function; office: judicature.
b. Body performing a function: legislature.
[Middle English, from Old French, from 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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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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