-ary

a suffix occurring originally in loanwords from Classical and Medieval Latin, on adjectives (elementary; honorary; stationary; tributary), personal nouns (actuary; notary; secretary), or nouns denoting objects, esp. receptacles or places (library; rosary; glossary). The suffix has the general sense "pertaining to, connected with" the referent named by the base; it is productive in English, sometimes with the additional senses "contributing to," "for the purpose of," and usually forming adjectives: complimentary; visionary; revolutionary; inflationary.
[ME -arie < L -arius, -a, -um; E personal nouns reflect -arius, objects and places -arium or -aria; inherited and adopted F forms of this suffix are -ER2, -EER, -IER2, -AIRE; cf. -ER1]

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