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Welcome to NurseHub’s lesson on Using Suffixes to Determine Word Meaning. This lesson will help to prepare you for this skill on the TEAS VI exam.

Below you will find common suffixes to study using the flashcards. Simply click on the right of the box to “flip” the flashcard.

-al

act or process of

Examples: refusal, recital

-ance, -ence

state or quality of

Examples: maintenance, existence

-er, -or

one who

Examples: doctor, trainer

-ism

doctrine or belief

Examples: skepticism, communism

-ist

one who

Examples: chemist, biologist

-ness

state of being

Examples: happiness, heaviness

-able, -ible

capable (of being)

Examples: credible, presentable

-ful

notable for

Examples: doubtful, hopeful

-ous, -ious

characterized by

Examples: dubious, nutritious, momentous

-less

without

Examples: endless, childless

-y

characterized by

Examples: greedy, hasty