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Definition of -wise in English:


1Forming adjectives and adverbs of manner or respect such as clockwise, otherwise. Compare with -ways.
1.1 informal With respect to; concerning: security-wise, there are few problems


In modern English the suffix -wise is attached to nouns to form a sentence adverb meaning ‘concerning or with respect to’, as in confidence-wise, tax-wise, price-wise, time-wise, news-wise, and culture-wise. The suffix is very productive and widely used in modern English but most of the words so formed are considered inelegant or not good English style.


From wise2.

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