(Latin: suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing act, state, quality, property, or condition corresponding to an adjective)
A clubfoot is an abnormality that can be surgically corrected or improved.2. A feature or characteristic that is not usual or ordinary, especially something that is worrying or which shows that 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 conventional range of intelligence: Greg's school is providing special classes for students with abnormalities who need special educational procedures.
2. The full involvement 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 attained in less time than was normally required.
2. An upward slope on a hill.
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."
2. Special degree of sensitivity.
2. Corpulence; fatness.
3. Excessive accumulation of lipids (fat) in a site or organ of the body.
2. Family resemblance or a relationship by marriage: There was a special affinity between the two friends apparently 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).
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2. General skillfulness, especially with the hands; very skillful and versatile; using both hands with equal success: Jane was an expert at making her own ceramics, which was of excellent quality and showed her ambidexterity and mastery in creating perfectly formed vases and bowls.
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.
Jane broke both of her arms when she fell down the stairs and had them in casts; the ambilevosity that followed prevented her from doing anything until her arms were healed again.
Little Tommy was just one year old and the ambilevosity of holding a cup properly to drink from still needed more development!