-ary

(Latin: a suffix; a person who, a place where, a thing which, or pertaining to; connected with; having the character of; apparatus)

The following examples of this suffix represent a very small number of those that exist in other parts of this lexicon.

mandibulary (adjective) (no comparisons)
Relating to a lower jaw.
matutinary
Early morning.
maxillary
mercenary (adjective), more mercenary, most mercenary
1. Relating to a person who is motivated merely for the sake of monetary or other reward that is actuated by considerations of self-interest: Jim's aunt was wondering whether he loved his wealthy mother or only pretended to for mercenary reasons.
2. A reference to someone who receives payment for his services, especially a professional soldier serving for a foreign power: An example of a mercenary is a person who is employed to fight in an armed conflict, who is not a member of the state or military group he is fighting for, and whose primary motivation is private financial gain.
3. Etymology: from Latin merces, "reward, wages".
Primarily desiring monetary gain.
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military (s) (noun), militaries (pl)
1. Engaged in the life of a soldier; belonging to the army: "Sam's uncle has had a long career in the military."
2. Adapted to or connected with a state of war as distinguished from organizations that are civilian, ecclesiastical, etc.
millenary
missionary (s) (noun), missionaries (pl)
1. Someone who is sent to do religious or charitable work in a territory or a foreign country.
2. Someone who attempts to persuade or to convert others to a particular program, doctrine, or set of principles; a propagandist.
3. Tending to propagandize or to use insistent persuasion.
mortuary
1. Pertaining to death or funerals.
2. A place where dead bodies are kept until burial or cremation.
necessary (adjective), more necessary, most necessary
1. Important in order to achieve a specific result or desired by authority or convention: It is necessary that we let the local authorities know that the sewer cover on the street is missing.
2. Inevitable according to what has happened previously: The authorities will no doubt find it necessary to replace the sewer cover as soon as possible.
3. Relating to being essential, indispensable, or a definite requirement: The mechanics at the repair station had the necessary tools to fix the cars that their customers brought in for repairs.
4. Etymology: from Latin necessarius, from necesse, "unavoidable, indispensable"; originally, "no backing away" from ne-, "not" + cedere, "to withdraw, to go away, to yield".
nectary (s), nectaries (pl)
1. The nectar-producing organ of a flowering plant.
2. A glandlike organ, located outside or within a flower, that secretes nectar.
notary (s) (noun), notaries (pl)
numerary (adjective), more numerary, most numerary
Of or relating to symbols, digits, signs, or notations; alone or in combination with others: The numerary systems of the world are not always the same; however, they are essential for keeping track of many things.
obdurary (adjective), more obdurary, most obdurary
Unyielding and resistant to persuasion: Karin was convinced that her obdurary persistence in completing her objectives would have better results than if she gave in to those who tried to persuade her to spend her time and efforts in other projects.
olivary
Shaped like an olive.
ordinary (adjective), more ordinary, most ordinary
Characteristic of something or someone who is relatively undistinguished and average: The actress had an ordinary face; however, the make up department could create whatever kind of character she was playing on stage.