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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *-ьstvo. Cognate with Russian -ство (-stvo), Polish -stwo.

SuffixEdit

-ства (-stva)

  1. Used to form abstract nouns; -kind, -hood, -dom.
    чалаве́к (čalavjék, man) + ‎-ства (-stva) → ‎чалаве́цтва (čalavjéctva, mankind)

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