(Latin: suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing act, state, quality, property, or condition corresponding to an adjective)

abnormality (s) (noun), abnormalities (pl)
1. The state or condition of not being typical or usual; an irregularity: Charles had a slight abnormality on his foot which the doctor was treating.

A clubfoot is an abnormality that can be surgically corrected or improved.

2. A feature or characteristic that is not usual or typical; especially, something that is worrying or which shows there may be something wrong or harmful: The dictionary lists several abnormalities which can be considered mental health issues.
3. A difference in intelligence that falls outside the typical range of intelligence: Greg's school is providing special classes for students with abnormalities who need special educational procedures.
absorbability (s) (noun), absorbabilities (pl)
1. The state or quality of being able to be wholly interested in something or giving full attention to something or to someone: The absorbability of so much information made him very qualified to complete the project.
2. Being fully involved in doing something that a person wants to achieve: Shirley's absorbabilities while studying at the university resulted in a doctor's degree that was achieved in less time than is normally required.
1. An upward slope or grade; such as, in a road.
2. An upward slope on a hill.
acerbity (s), acerbities (pl) (nouns)
1. Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, as of unripe fruit.
2. Harshness, bitterness, or severity: "She had a reputation for expressing her temperamental acerbities in language which was very bitter and disturbing for those to whom she directed such acerbities."
1. Acuteness, keeness, as of thought or vision; severity.
2. Special degree of sensitivity.
adiposity, adipositas
1. Obesity or a condition of being fat.
2. Corpulence; fatness.
3. Excessive accumulation of lipids (fat) in a site or organ.
affability (s) (noun), affabilities (pl)
The quality of being friendly or easy to get along with; readiness to converse or be addressed; especially, by inferiors or equals; courteousness, civility, openness of manner.
affinity (uh FIN uh tee) (s) (noun), affinities (pl)
1. A feeling of closeness, understanding, and sympathy between people: Some classical musicians also have an affinity for jazz.
2. Family resemblance or a relationship by marriage: There was a special affinity for the two friends because they were also cousins.
3. An inherent similarity between people or things: There is a close affinity between lemons and limes.

Sarah felt an affinity with all of those who suffered because their pains were also her pains.

4. Etymology: Affinity comes from Latin affinitas, which means "kinship by marriage, as distinct from blood kinship".

In the 18th century, naturalists started to use affinity to mean a family resemblance (as between cats and lions).

A natural attraction to someone.
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alcoholicity (s) (noun)
The degree of alcoholic content: "Alcoholicity is the strength of an alcoholic liquor."
ambidexterity (s) (noun)
1. The ability to use either hand with equal skill.
2. General skillfulness, especially with the hands; very skillful and versatile; using both hands with equal facility.
A man displays his ambidexterity by writing with both hands at the same time.
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ambiguity (s) (noun), ambiguities (pl)
1. A situation in which something can be understood in more than one way and it is not clear which meaning is intended: "The journalist was told by his editor to remove ambiguity from his article by adding more details and to clarify what was going on."
2. An expression or statement that has more than one meaning: "There were ambiguities in the diagnosis by the physician regarding Nick's mental condition."
3. That which causes uncertainty or confusion: "Because of the nature of the ambiguities of the answers provided by the politician, people were becoming less confident in his qualifications."
1. The inability to perform acts requiring manual skill with either hand.
2. Left-handed on both sides; clumsy; as opposed to ambidexter.
3. Awkwardness in the use of either or both hands.
amity (s) (noun), amities (pl)
A state of friendliness, cordiality, and peace among individuals, nations, etc.: After years of feuding, the sons of the two families negotiated an amity; and, as a result, both of their families flourished.
Friendly or peaceful relations.
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