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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -ation \-a"tion\ [L. -ationem. See {-tion}.]
     A suffix forming nouns of action, and often equivalent to the
     verbal substantive in -ing. It sometimes has the further
     meanings of state, and that which results from the action.
     Many of these nouns have verbs in -ate; as, alliterate
     -ation, narrate -ation; many are derived through the French;

     as, alteration, visitation; and many are formed on verbs
     ending in the Greek formative -ize (Fr. -ise); as,
     civilization, demoralization.
     [1913 Webster]

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