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  • suffix as an adjective From, related to, or like.
  • suffix as a noun One from, belonging to, relating to, or like.
  • suffix as a noun Having a certain profession. (When males with a profession are distinguished from females, males are -ian, females -ienne.)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English -ien, -ian, from Old French -ien, from Latin -iānus, adj. and n. suff.

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From Latin -ānus, which forms adjectives of belonging or origin from a noun.


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  • They explore very Star Trek -ian technologies that may soon put us in the position to deliberately and consciously intervene in the natural course of evolutionary events.

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  • Krauss calculates that Star Trek -ian computers will be 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 a million trillion times faster in the twenty-third century than they are now.

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  • And if this happens, some very Star Trek -ian things will follow.

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  • So Gershenfeld and his team huddled with the museum’s curators to solve the problem, and after a while they all came up with a very Star Trek -ian solution.

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