(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.

The ability of the body to defend its tissues by producing autoantitoxins.
benediction (s) (noun), benedictions (pl)
1. The utterance of a blessing; solemn invocation of blessedness upon a person; a devout expression of a wish for the happiness, prosperity, or success of a person or an enterprise: The primate of the church gave a benediction to members of the congregation before they left for the winter holidays.

Jim's parents gave their benediction to him by wishing him, from their hearts, that all would go well on his trip as a professional photographer in the center of a war zone.

2. Blessing carried into practical effect; kindly favor, grace: The local spiritual leader gave a benediction for the farmers in praise of their good crops.

The pastor, Mr. Anderson, gave his benediction to the couple at the end of the wedding ceremony, wishing them contentment and prosperity in their future life together.

3. A prayer of sacred blessing, normally just before a church service ends: The minister, Mr. Drexler, concluded the church meeting with a prayer of benediction.
4. An expression of good things desired, something that assures well-being and goodness: At the conclusion of the meeting of the committee members, the chairperson spoke a brief benediction, wishing everyone a safe summer holiday.
The act of bibbing.
biomass combustion
A technology that extracts heat energy from natural materials so it can then be used for a variety of heat and power applications.
bullition (s) bullitions (pl) (nouns)
The action of boiling; boiling.
caption (s) (noun), captions (pl)
1. A brief description accompanying an illustration.
2. Translation of foreign dialogue for a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen; such as, a printed explanation in a motion picture or on television; especially, a translation of dialogue accompanying a scene or an explanation preceding a scene.
3. To provide with a caption; for example, a photograph or a drawing.
4. A heading or subheading in a document or article.
5. An attachment to or heading of a legal document that identifies the circumstances of its production and the sources of its authority.
6. Etymology: from about A.D. 1384, "taking, seizure", from Old French capcion, from Latin capito; past participle of capere "to take".

Its more recent meanings evolved from headings of legal indictments involving seizure ("Certificate of caption"); then the meaning, "the beginning of a document" and "the heading of a chapter or section of an article" has evolved; especially, in the U.S., to "a description or title below an illustration".

chemoprevention (s) (noun), chemopreventions (pl)
The use of a chemical substance to forestall the contraction of a disease or to stop the progress of a disease: Food supplements, chemical agents, and drugs are employed as chemopreventions in order to prevent or slow down the growth of cancer.
The action of the sense organs that respond to chemical stimulation, including the organs for taste (gustation) and smell (olfaction).
circumlocution (s) (noun), circumlocutions (pl)
1. The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language: A circumlocution involves the use of several or many words instead of one or a few of them.
2. An evasion in speech or writing instead of speaking or writing directly to the point: Mr. Hill, the principal, usually used indirect statements or circumlocutions when the teachers asked him specific questions about what to do in certain situations while teaching.
3. A roundabout or indirect way of expressing oneself: Mrs. Thompson told her student, “Now, no more circumlocution, let me know exactly what you want to tell me.”
4. A description of a person who is using long words; especially, when verbal construction utilizing less amplification might represent a more naturally efficacious phraseology: Billy's use of circumlocution lengthened his report to his teacher; however, it resulted in his having a lower grade.
A doctor is using circumlocution instead of utilizing a direct explanation for the kind of medical treatment which he proposes.

Now, we are going to try vis medicatrix naturae* during your final days in the hospital.

*. . . the healing power of nature.
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An overuse of many words when a few will be sufficient.
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Using a lot of words when one or two would be adequate.
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circumscription (s) (noun), circumscriptions (pl)
1. A boundary or outline; a limitation or restriction.
2. An engraving or lettering around a coin, medal, etc.
circumspection (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
1. An action that involves making careful thoughts and observations before taking an action; using caution; prudence: "The principal at school used circumspection in deciding which of the applicants should have the teaching position for the upcoming year."
2. The trait of being observant and prudent: "Circumspection was typical of Roger because he always thought through each situation before he decided to get involved with it."
3. The ability to know how to avoid embarrassment or distress by thinking about possible risks before doing or saying something: "A good turn of circumspection saved Heather from being embarrassed before she thanked the wrong person for the wonderful invitation that she received to attend the celebration of the international sports event."
circumvention (s) (noun), circumventions (pl)
The action of overreaching, outwitting, or getting the better of anyone by craft or artifice: Tom knew, by the use of circumvention, how to avoid or evade his duty of washing up the dishes after dinner by saying that he suddenly felt ill and had a headache.
A man is circumventing the his wife as he tries to sneak into his house.

A husband makes the supreme effort to avoid facing his wife after too much drinking and getting home long after he said he would.

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coction (s) (noun), coctions (pl)
1. The act of cooking, boiling, or altering a substance by applying heat.
2. An old term for "digestion".