-ation, -ization (-iz[e] + -ation); -isation (British spelling variation)

(Greek > Latin: a suffix; action, act, process, state, or condition; or result of doing something)

Although there are over 1,450 word entries ending with -ation or -ization listed in this unit, there are certainly many more which exist in the English language. At any rate, this unit provides a significant number of -ation and -ization examples for you to see.

potation (s), potations (pl)
1. The act of drinking.
2. A drink, especially an alcoholic beverage.
preambulation (s) (noun), preambulations (pl)
1. A statement, written or verbal, that introduces a topic or explains the purpose of such a communication: The author spent a great deal of time and care composing the perambulation to the first volume of his autobiography.
2. The act of proceeding in front of someone when out for a walk or other outdoor activity: On their morning perambulation, Teresa and her dog ambled one behind the other so as not to disrupt and get in the way of others who were out as well.
precancellation (s) (noun), precancellation (pl)
A stamp that has been marked as paid for prior to it being placed on an envelope or parcel, etc.: As an esoteric dimension of philately, the collection of precancellation is very interesting.
precipitation (s) (noun), precipitations (pl)
1. The act of making something happen suddenly and quickly: The thoughtless hiker was responsible for the precipitation of rocks abruptly falling down the hillside.
2. A casting down or falling headlong: Little Tommy tumbled down from the top step of the long staircase and this precipitation terrified and alarmed his parents greatly!
3. A hastening or hurrying in movement, procedure, or action: Jack's friends were convinced that he was responsible for the precipitation of his death because of his addiction to alcoholic beverages.
4. Sudden haste: The precipitation Janet showed by leaving so abruptly and without saying goodbye took all of her friends by complete surprise.
5. Unwise or rash rapidity: The burglar's precipitation from the house was completely foolish because he was immediately caught right outside before he could flee!
6. In meteorology, falling products of condensation in the atmosphere, such as snow or hail: When the weather forecast predicted a high level of precipitation, people had to expect a lot of rain.
7. The amount of snow, hail, etc., that has fallen at a given place within a given period, usually expressed in inches or centimeters of water: Ivy went outside to check the device that showed the precipitation of rain the night before.
8. In chemistry and physics, the separation of a solid substance from a solution: In precipitation, crystals assume a dense form when a point of total saturation has been attained.
9. Etymology: "sudden haste", from Middle French precipitation (15th century); directly from Latin praecipitationem, praecipitatio, "act" or "fact of falling headlong, haste, steep place"; from praecipitare, "to throw headlong, to fall, to be hasty"; from praeceps "headlong, steep"; which was a compound formed from the prefix prae-, "in front" + capit, caput, "head".
predation (s) (noun), predations (pl)
1. The killing and eating of an animal of one species by an individual of the same or different species.
2. The interaction between populations in which one organism (the predator) consumes another (the prey).

Typically, the predator catches, kills and eats its prey but predation is also used to describe feeding by insectivorous plants and even grazing by herbivores.

predation pressure
The effect that a predator's consumption has on a prey population.
predestination (s) (noun), predestinations (pl)
1. In theology, a belief that everything is determined in advance, usually by a God or a deity: Predestination, usually associated with John Calvin, is the doctrine that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity and excludes any deviation from it.
2.. A previous determination as if by destiny: Since she believed in predestination, she thought she was excluded from any personal responsibility in the business affair.
predetermination (s) (noun), predeterminations (pl)
1. The act of ordaining in advance what is to take place: It was an act of predetermination when the two film enthusiasts, Mary and Max, met at the film rental shop and reached simultaneously for the only copy of the very popular movie.
2. A purpose formed beforehand: Adam was told by the minister that there was a predetermination of God's will in people's lives.
predication (s) (noun), predications (pl)
1. A proclamation of something which is considered to be affirmed: "The university president issued a predication that all classes would be cancelled if the football team won the trophy at the game next week."
2. That which can be the basis for an argument: "The two friends got into a friendly argument about the predication of the election which was announced over the radio."
predivination (s) (noun), predivinations (pl)
The foretelling or foreseeing of events beforehand; a prophecy: In the story Mary was reading, the main character was known for his predivinations of incidents and circumstances that were yet to come.
predomination (s) (noun), predominations (pl)
1. The condition of being more noticeable than other things: In Mrs. Smith's garden, green ferns had a predomination over the few colourful flowers along the walkway.
2. A situation whereby advantages exist in numbers or quantities: It is quite beneficial to be able to speak German in Germany where the predomination of the German language exists.
3. The state of exerting or controlling power or influence: The neighbors noticed Mr. Palmer's predomination when his family was in the garden and could be heard by everyone!
1. A representation, often in a form or likeness, of a person, thing, or event that is to come; a foreshadowing.
2. The act of representing, suggesting, or imagining in advance.
premeditation (s) (noun), premeditations (pl)
A speculation or an arrangement of something in advance: Hector's murderous attack on the family obviously was a premeditation which he had planned long before it took place.
preoccupation (s) (noun), preoccupations (pl)