Back-formation from unary and similar, from Latin adjective suffixes -aris and -arius; compare related -arian, and -adic. Doublet of -eer and -yer.
- Of or pertaining to; adjective suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. Often added to words of Latin origin, but used with other words also.
- (mathematics) Having the specified arity.
- 1927, A. D. Campbell, “The discriminant of the m-ary quadratic in the Galois fields of order 2n”, Annals of Mathematics, Second Series 29:1-4.
- 2007, Philippe Leroux, “A simple symmetry generating operads related to rooted planar m-ary trees and polygonal numbers”, Journal of Integer Sequences 10:4.
- Synonym: -adic
math operation of given arity
of or pertaining to
having the specified arity