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EtymologyEdit

From Latin -īvus.

SuffixEdit

-iu (feminine -iva, masculine plural -ius, feminine plural -ives)

  1. -ive; used in forming adjectives denoting characteristics or qualities.

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from Latin -īvus. Mostly found in older, popular words; compare the neological borrowing -iv.

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-iu m or n (feminine singular -ie, plural -ii)

  1. Forms adjectives denoting characteristics or qualities, especially relating to color; roughly equivalent to -ive or sometimes -ish.

Usage notesEdit

The terms formed from the suffix often have the meaning of approximating or being similar to a certain quality (from the noun or adjective it modifies); it can be comparable to some uses of -ish in English: somewhat, approximately, slightly, rather: e.g. cenușiu (grayish), albăstriu (bluish). A suffix playing a similar role in Romanian is also -ui, especially with colors.

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