from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Condition or quality: buoyancy.
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- suffix a condition or quality
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A suffix expressing more strongly than -ance the idea of quality or state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A modern extension of -ance, in imitation of the original Latin -ant-i-a, and perhaps also of -acy: see -ance and -cy, and cf. -ence, -ency. The two forms seldom differ in force.
Latin -antia and -entia; see -ance.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)