Ity is defined as the state of being something.
An example of ity is possibility which is the state of being possible.
state, character, or condition of being ____, or an instance of any of these: chastity, possibility
Origin of -ityMiddle English -ite from Old French or L: Old French ité from Classical Latin -itas from -i-, ending of stem, or thematic vowel + -tas, -ty
State; quality: abnormality.
Origin of -ityMiddle English -itie from Old French -ite from Latin -itās variant of -tās -ty
- Used to form a noun from an adjective; especially, to form the noun referring to the state, property, or quality of conforming to the adjective's description.
- Used to form other nouns, especially abstract nouns.
- Many nouns formed with -ity are uncountable; those that are countable form their plurals in -ities.
- The addition of -ity to an adjective results in a shift of stress to the antepenultimate syllable; that is, words in -ity are stressed on the last syllable before the -ity, even in cases where this syllable is part of another suffix (as in words in -ability and -icity). Further, this shift typically results in a change in vowel quality; compare, for example, real and reality, where the sound [æ] in the second word is not present in the first. These vowel quality changes are usually consistent with the spelling of both forms — note that the letter <a> in the second word is present in the first — but is pronounced [k], before -ity it becomes [s]; compare, for example, elastic and elasticity.
- Final -e is dropped before adding this suffix.