(Latin: a suffix forming nouns from verbs of condition and action; an act or process: resumption, absorption; state or condition, redemption, exhaustion; something resulting from or otherwise related to an act or process, assumption, friction)

This unit is presenting a small fraction of the hundreds of words ending with the suffix of -tion; however, there is a significant number of words which may help everyone have a better understanding and appreciation of the use of this element.

introspection (s) (noun), introspections (pl)
The process of considering one's own feelings or thoughts: George's introspection consisted of trying to justify why he spent so much time on his computer project.
Looking within and examining one's own feelings and thinking.
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Self-examination of one's thoughts and feelings.
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intuition (in: too ISH uhn) (s) (noun), intuitions (pl)
1. The immediate perception or understanding of truths, facts, etc. that are perceived or understood with immediate recognition without the need for having a specific reason: Having experience with several kinds of people, Doctor Jones had developed great powers of intuition.
2. A natural ability or power that makes something possible to know about without any evidence or proof: Sharon's intuition was telling her that something was wrong with her car and that she should not drive it until a mechanic could come and fix it.
4. Etymology: from Late Latin intuitionem, "a gazing at, a looking at"; from Latin intueri, "to consider, to look upon, to contemplate"; in, "at, on" + tueri, "to look at, to watch".
Knowledge based on insight rather than on facts.
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Knowing something by guessing instinctively.
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1. A thing that someone has created, especially a device or process.
2. The creation of something new.
3. A lie, or the telling of lies (used euphemistically).
4. The talent to create new things.
irruption (s), irruptions (pl) (nouns)
1. A breaking or bursting in; a violent incursion or invasion.
2. A sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition).
3. In ecology, a sudden increase in an animal population.
1. A place where two or more highways, railroad lines, or rivers join together.
2. A connection between electrical wires or cables or between sections of a transmission line.
3. A layer of metal separating two metals with different properties and serving as a contact between them; especially, in a thermocouple.
4. A point in a semiconductor device at which regions with different electrical properties come into contact with each other.
5. A place or point where two or more things are joined; such as, a seam or joint.
malediction (s) (noun), maledictions (pl)
1. A spoken curse or an evil spell: The author was fearful that the governor of the foreign country had issued a malediction against her because of the derogatory statement she made in one of her books.
2. Malicious accusations, comments, or evil talking about an individual, people, nations, politicians, etc.: Several new maledictions against the former mayor were revealed by the press on the weekend.
A proclamation that an evil thing will happen.
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misconception (s) (noun), misconceptions (pl)
A mistaken idea or view resulting from a misunderstanding of something.
misconstruction (s), misconstructions (pl) (noun forms)
1. An inaccurate explanation, interpretation, or report; a misunderstanding.
2. A faulty grammatical construction, especially of a sentence or clause.
Failure to function or to function improperly.
A mathematical quantity, or figure, which is a division of it into a number of (usually) equal parts.

Division of a quantity into two equal parts is known as bisection, and into three equal parts is known as trisection.

nutrition (s) (noun), nutritions (pl)
A process of providing eatables which a living organism assimilates as food and uses it for growth and for replacement of bodily tissues: Nutrition is the science that interprets the interaction of substances that are consumed and assimilated by people regarding their growth, health, and disease.
1. The state of being constrained, bound, or obliged.
2. That which constrains or obliges; an obligation; a bond.