-keit

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Result of a wrong segmentation of two Middle High German suffixes -ec (-ig) and -heit: -ec-heit was interpreted as -e-keit.[1].

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaɪ̯t/, [kaɪ̯t]

Suffix[edit]

-keit

  1. Converts an adjective into a noun and usually denotes an abstract quality of the adjectival root. -keit is used after the adjective endings -bar, -ig, -lich, and -sam. It is often equivalent to the English suffix -ness.
    wirksam (effective) → Wirksamkeit (effectiveness)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “-heit” in: Friedrich Kluge, “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” , 22. Auflage, 1989, bearbeitet von Elmar Seebold, ISBN 3-11-006800-1