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definition of the word -al

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From Latin adjective suffix -alis, or French -el.

-al

  1. of or pertaining to; adjectival 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.
    line, lineal
    base, basal
    cranium, cranial
  2. Forming nouns, especially of verbal action.
    e.g. rival, proposal, denial

If the root word ends in l, the variant -ar is often used instead. Sometimes both forms are found: linear, lineal.

of or pertaining to
forming nouns, especially of verbal action.

-al

  1. for [...] reason (ending for correlatives of reason)


From latin -ālis.

-al

  1. In adjectives, indicating relation (e.g. cultural).
  2. In nouns, indicating a place where something is grown
    maíz (corn) - maizal (corn field)
    naranja (orange) - naranjal (orange grove)

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