from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Action; process: appeasement.
- suffix Result of an action or process: advancement.
- suffix Means, instrument, or agent of an action or process: adornment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix Used to form nouns from verbs, the nouns having the sense of "the action or result of what is denoted by the verb".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A suffix denoting that which does a thing; an act or process; the result of an act or process; state or condition
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -mentum, n. suff.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin -amentum, from -mentum via Old French -ment. (Wiktionary)