-ful1 suffix appended to sbs., forming adjs. orig. with meaning ‘full of’, which has in many instances weakened to ‘characterized by’, ‘having’, ‘possessing the qualities or attributes of’ what is denoted by the sb. OE. formations are repr. by careful, harmful, rightful, shameful, sorrowful, wilful; many comps. of OE. orig. did not survive, but new ones arose in abundance in ME. and later, as beautiful, delightful, gainful, hateful, lawful, tearful; many have both subjective and objective meanings. Based on vb.-stems are mournful, resentful. Special cases are BASHFUL, FORGETFUL, GRATEFUL, THANKFUL.
More From encyclopedia.com
take care , care / ke(ə)r/ • n. 1. the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something: the care of t… Day-care Center , According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1998, a record 59 percent of the 3.7 million mothers of infants were in the labor force (36% were working ful… Day Nursery , Definition Day care refers to the care provided for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children, either in their own homes, in the h… Hospice , Hospice care was introduced in the United States in 1974 in response to the growing concern about the medicalization of dying. The first hospice in t… Palliative Care , A report released by the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Care at the End of Life states that individuals often suffer needlessly at the end of l… Neonatal Intensive Care Unit , Neonatology is a specialty within pediatric medicine that provides care for sick and/or premature infants. It is an area of medicine that is very you…
About this article
Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article
You Might Also Like