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

  • suffix In a specified manner, direction, or position: clockwise.
  • suffix With reference to; in regard to: profitwise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix in the direction or orientation of
  • suffix in the manner of
  • suffix in the matter of; with regard to


Middle English, from Old English -wīsan, from -wīse, manner; see wise2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From wise ("way, manner"). (Wiktionary)



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