I am trying to understand the difference between, and I'm not sure how to describe it, something like: agree, agreeable and agreeability; approach, approachable and approachability etc...I'm specifically using the words: gesture, gestural and gesturality. Is the difference between gestural and gesturality about being a gesture (gestural) and quality of being a gesture although not always executed (gesturality)? Or does gesturality mean the ability/capacity of having a gesture?

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    What have you found in dictionaries? Though 'gesturality' is probably very rarely used, and 'gestural' not very often. Commented Jun 13 at 22:28
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    The parallel to your first few examples would be "gesture, gesturable, and gesturability".
    – Barmar
    Commented Jun 13 at 23:14
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    gestural is an adjective. gesturality is a noun. Commented Jun 14 at 1:58
  • Gesturality doesn't seem to be in most dictionaries, so it's probably not a good choice to pick. -ity as a suffix should be listed in most dictionaries though; the wiktionary entry is very detailed.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jun 14 at 10:40
  • There are already several questions about -ity nouns, e.g. on -ity abstract nouns, on -ality, on -ble/-bility, on -nimity, etc.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jun 14 at 10:43


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