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An affix added to the end of a word or stem, serving to form a new word or functioning as an inflectional ending, such as -ness in gentleness, -ing in walking, or -s in sits.
tr.v. suf·fixed, suf·fix·ing, suf·fix·es
To add as a suffix.

[New Latin suffīxum, from Latin, neuter of suffīxus, past participle of suffīgere, to fasten underneath, affix : sub-, sub- + fīgere, to fix, fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.]

suf′fix·al adj.
suf′fix·al·ly adv.
suf′fix·a′tion (sŭf′ĭk-sā′shən), suf·fix′ion (sə-fĭk′shən) n.
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the formation of a word by the addition of a suffix
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Noun1.suffixation - formation of a word by means of a suffix
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This section first presents an overview of the patterns of competition found in the samples and, more specifically, of the competition between zero-affixation and -ness suffixation for the semantic category STATIVE from a diachronic point of view ([section]4.1) and then looks at the present competition of the selected forms ([section]4.2).
Nevertheless, a more exhaustive application of the model of alternations than that carried out by these linguists can explain aspects of word-formation, such as the comparatively low importance of verbal suffixation, and more general aspects of lexical organisation, like the spread of the change to invariable base morphology and the beginnings of conversion.
(18) The difference in forms such as nominative singular nai 'woman' and genitive singular naiz might be analysed as the suffixation of a genitive exponent -z.
alaws wala nothing Table 5.--ong and--es suffixation in hahasa gay (Boellstorff 2005) Indonesian Gloss New bahasagay base form term banci waria bencong / bences berapa how much?
The mixed morphological structure is achieved through the use of prefixation and suffixation. This is done within two or more different languages where a host language will build its term using the guest's by adding affixes.
The present study delves into historical derivational morphology and, more specifically, into suffixation, which is understood as the process by means of which a bound morpheme is added to a base, in Middle English.
Argument Structure in Kashmiri: Form and Function of Pronominal Suffixation
All examples of derived EXTTs in MTC belong to what is known in Arabic as al-ishtiqaq al-saghir (simple derivation), where "[t]he stem is modified by prefixation, suffixation, infixation, or more than one of these processes according to well-structured models ' 'awzan/formulas'" (Stetkevych, 1970, p.