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Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

-ory \-o*ry\ [L. -orius: cf. F. -oire.]
   1. An adjective suffix meaning of or pertaining to, serving
      for; as in auditory, pertaining to or serving for hearing;
      prohibitory, amendatory, etc.

   2. [L. -orium: cf. F. -oire.] A noun suffix denoting that
      which pertains to, or serves for; as in ambulatory, that
      which serves for walking; consistory, factory, etc.