(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.

deflation (s) (noun), deflations (pl)
1. The release, or escape, of air or gas from something, resulting in its shrinking or collapsing: Deflation inevitably happens when a bike's tire runs over a big nail and is punctured!
2. A sudden loss of confidence, self-assurance: Sally's mother could see deflation all over her daughter's face when she told her mother that she received a very bad grade in the last German test.
3. A persistent decrease in the level of consumer prices or a persistent increase in the purchasing power of money because of a reduction in available currency and credit: The population was caught up in a time of deflation and the unemployment rate as very high.
4. In geology, the erosion of soil by the wind: Deflation is the mechanical process of sand, dust, or rocks, for example, being ground down, worn away, or even removed by the wind.

Deflation, an economic inconvenience or a serious problem

Economic deflation refers to a decline in general price levels, often caused by a reduction in the supply of money or credit.

Deflation can also be brought about by direct contractions in spending, either in the form of a reduction in government spending, personal spending, or investment spending.

Deflation has often had the side effect of increasing unemployment in an economy, since the process often leads to a lower level of demand by people for products in the various economic areas.

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Death: "The suddent defunction of her father came as a shock."
Anyone who favors, or is involved with, the deletion of a given passage or work.
1. The representation of showing something in a picture or story: "The writer's depictions of the horrors of war helped to bring realism to what has been accepted as fiction." "I am fed up with the depiction of sex in motion pictures."
2. A lifelike image of something, either verbal or visual.
3. A drawing or painting.
4. A drawing of the outlines of forms or objects.
depletion (s) (noun), depletions (pl)
An expenditure or reduction of resources, strength, vitality, etc.: When there is a depletion of something, its quantity or size decreases and it becomes partially or totally used up, emptied out, etc.

In some areas of the world, droughts have caused depletions of water resulting in great difficulties for the people in those countries to survive.

A big reduction of the supply of something.
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deposition (s) (noun), depositions (pl)
1. Having been forced to leave a high office: Mayor Jackson's deposition from office was a result of ill health.
2. A process in which layers of a substance have formed gradually over a period of time; especially, matter by a natural process: The cut in the road revealed several depositions of soil that had been laid down over the centuries.
3. Something that has been placed in a safe, secure place; such as, in a safe or in a bank: Helena made sure that the deposition of the company payroll was properly completed.
4. In law, a testimony under oath; especially, a statement by a witness that is written down or recorded for use in a court of law at some later date: The lawyer, Mr. Clint, met with Steven, his client, in the hospital in order to take his deposition for the upcoming court appearance he would attend when he was physically able to do it.
1. The act of deserting or the state of being deserted.
2. In law, willful abandonment; especially, of one's wife or husband without consent, in violation of legal or moral obligations.
3. An unauthorized act of leaving military service or duty with the intention of not returning.
destitution (s) (noun), destitutions (pl)
The plight or a hopeless condition of complete despair: After Floyd lost his job, didn't have any money, was starving, and needing immediate medical care, he was in a state of destitution!
destruction (s) (noun), destructions (pl)
The action or process of causing so much damage to something that it can no longer exist or it cannot be repaired: "The fire caused the destruction of two landmarks."

"Wars often result in death and widespread destruction."

1. A passing down or descent through successive stages of time or a process.
2. Transference, as of rights or qualities, to a successor.
3. Delegation of authority or duties to a subordinate or a substitute.
4. A transfer of powers from a central government to local units.