(Latin: a suffix; result of, means of, act of; place of action)

The suffix -meant is a final word element derived through Middle English and French from the Latin suffix -ment(um), originally used to form agent and action nouns from verbs, now used to form nouns and denominative verbs in several related senses:

  1. "An action, process, or skill" denoted by the combining root: rearmament, tournament, management.
  2. "A result, object, or agent of an action" named by the joining root: entombment, enthrallment, agreement.
  3. "The means or instrument of an action": implement, medicament, reinforcement.
  4. "The place of an action" named by the first root: battlement, ambushment, settlement.
  5. "A state or condition" specified by the first root: bewilderment, predicament, bereavement.

The verb combinations show no change in basic form: cement, compliment, lament.

Principal parts: -menting, -mented, -mented.

Related forms: -mentum (singular); -menta, -menti, -ments (plurals).

judgment (s) (noun), judgments (pl)
maltreatment (s) (noun), maltreatments (pl)
The action of treating badly or the state of experiencing cruelties by others: The doctor was accused of providing maltreatments that made patients worse rather than to improve their physical conditions.
management (s) (noun), managements (pl)
1. The act, manner, or practice of handling, supervising, or controlling: The management of the refugee crises in Europe is certainly the biggest and most important challenge the countries have at the moment!
2. People who control or direct a business or an institution: Some top members of the management of Ted's company have had to leave their positions due to the exhaust scandal of the cars that have been manufactured.

The management of Tom's company decided to produce better equipment for contractors to use when constructing new houses.

medicament (s) (noun), medicaments (pl)
A healing substance or agent that is a remedy for illnesses.
misjudgment (s) (noun), misjudgments (pl)
An opinion or idea about someone or something which is unfair or wrong: The decision to sell their house at this time turned out to be a financial misjudgment for James and Jill.
misstatement (s) (noun), misstatements (pl)
An incorrect or false piece of information: The text should be read again because there are too many misstatements which ought to be improved!
ornament (s) (noun), ornaments (pl)
payment (s) (noun), payments (pl)
1. An amount of money that is paid or is due to be paid.
2. The act of paying money, or fact of being paid: "She expected the payment to be made at the end of the month."
3. A reward or punishment given in return for some kind of behavior or action.
predicament (s) (noun), predicaments (pl)
1. An unpleasant or dangerous condition or position: Sparky, the lively kitten, was always getting itself into predicaments, such as climbing a tree and not being able to get down.
2. A complicated, perplexing situation from which it is difficult to disentangle oneself: The government assistance department attempted to explain the dangerous predicaments which were facing journalists who were going to certain foreign countries.
A troublesome, embarrassing, or ludicrous situation.
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prejudgment (s) (noun) prejudgments (pl)
A decision or an opinion that is made before the required evidence is available: No one should make any prejudgments about the trip until thet reach their destination.
pronouncement (s) (noun), pronouncements (pl)
An official or authoritative statement of information: The pronouncement from the head office of the factory about an increase in profits and wages was cheered by the employees.
punishment (s) (noun), punishments (pl)
1. A process or action of chastising or disciplining someone: The students were sent to the principal for punishment because they smoked during the lesson!
2. A penalisation for a wrongdoing, particularly a crime: The lawbreaker had to undergo a harsh punishment for drinking while driving at a very high speed through the town.
3. Anguish or suffering by pain inflicted as a retaliation: Jack took Tom's cell phone without asking for permission, and, as a result, the punishment Tom took for revenge ended their friendship.