Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Performing, promoting, or causing a specified action: absorbent.
  • suffix Being in a specified state or condition: bivalent.
  • suffix One that performs, promotes, or causes a specified action: referent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Causing, promoting, or doing a certain action
  • suffix One that causes, promotes, or does a certain action

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An adjective suffix signifying action or being. See -ant.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -ēns, -ent-, present participle suff.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Since Middle English, from Old French -ent and its source Latin -ēns, (accusative singular -entem), present participle suffix. (Wiktionary)

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